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UN: Moscow sees 'no reasons for complacency' - Lavrov on situation in Persian Gulf02:16

UN: Moscow sees 'no reasons for complacency' - Lavrov on situation in Persian Gulf

United Nations, New York City
October 20, 2020 at 19:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Moscow sees "no reasons for complacency" because the situation in the Persian Gulf is "still insecure," according to comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during discussions with UN Security Council members in New York City via videoconference, on Tuesday.

"Everyone remembers the atmosphere of this year’s beginning. Then fears of real large-scale war in the gulf overtook many of us. But we succeeded in evading the worst-case scenario. However we see no reasons for complacency. The situation is still insecure, so dangerous and unpredictable scenarios may unfold any moment," Lavrov said.

The Russian diplomat urged nations to break away from recrimination, and policies of pressure and sanctions, calling attempts at unilateral actions a "dead end."

"The practice of blackmailing and dictatorship, demonisation and one-sided accusation is wrong and dangerous. It is important to break away from the recrimination and suspicions, to put an end to the use of sanctions, pressure, ultimatums, and provocative actions from whatever side they come from," he added.

During his speech, Lavrov suggested to involve the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and other "interested parties" in taking joint actions to create a sustainable security system in the region.

"The path to this goal will not be quick or easy, but first of all, the countries of this region should walk this path themselves, as well as the external players should help them to create the conditions to start moving towards each other, patiently and consistently eliminating historical layers of mutual resentments and contradictions. Everything requires involved discussions and delicate approaches," Lavrov concluded.

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Moscow sees "no reasons for complacency" because the situation in the Persian Gulf is "still insecure," according to comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during discussions with UN Security Council members in New York City via videoconference, on Tuesday.

"Everyone remembers the atmosphere of this year’s beginning. Then fears of real large-scale war in the gulf overtook many of us. But we succeeded in evading the worst-case scenario. However we see no reasons for complacency. The situation is still insecure, so dangerous and unpredictable scenarios may unfold any moment," Lavrov said.

The Russian diplomat urged nations to break away from recrimination, and policies of pressure and sanctions, calling attempts at unilateral actions a "dead end."

"The practice of blackmailing and dictatorship, demonisation and one-sided accusation is wrong and dangerous. It is important to break away from the recrimination and suspicions, to put an end to the use of sanctions, pressure, ultimatums, and provocative actions from whatever side they come from," he added.

During his speech, Lavrov suggested to involve the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and other "interested parties" in taking joint actions to create a sustainable security system in the region.

"The path to this goal will not be quick or easy, but first of all, the countries of this region should walk this path themselves, as well as the external players should help them to create the conditions to start moving towards each other, patiently and consistently eliminating historical layers of mutual resentments and contradictions. Everything requires involved discussions and delicate approaches," Lavrov concluded.

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