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Five permanent members of the UN Security Council should set an example to eliminate threats of new wars, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his annual State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly (parliament) on Wednesday.
"We see how unpredictable and uncontrollable the developments around the world are, what has been happening in the Middle East and North Africa over the past few weeks and over the past few days. We see that regional conflicts can morph into a threat to the entire global community," he stressed.
"I am certain the time has come for an earnest and straightforward discussion about the basic principles of a stable world order and those burning issues, which humanity is facing," he went on to say. "We need to show political will, wisdom and courage. Time requires an awareness of our shared responsibility and real actions," TASS reports.
"The UN founding states must set an example. The five nuclear powers bear a special responsibility for the preservation and sustainable development of mankind," the Russian leader stressed. "The five nations must begin with measures to neutralize threats of a global war, come up with new approaches to ensure stability across the globe, which would fully take into account the political, economic and military aspects of modern international relations."
"Russia is open to strengthening cooperation with all interested partners. We do not threaten anyone and are not trying to impose our will. At the same time, I can assure everyone that our steps aimed at bolstering national security have been taken in due time and were sufficient," Putin noted.