Russia presides over the UN Security Council for a month. During his speech, Lavrov was harsh towards the West. For example, he denounced the West’s great distrust of Russia. He also said that the situation “may be more dangerous today than it was during the Cold War”. According to the Russian Foreign Minister, “the situation is worsening due to a lack of confidence in international cooperation.”
Many UN members responded with unease. For example, US Ambassador to the UN Lena Thomas-Greenfield called him a “hypocritical interlocutor.” António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has once again emphasized that Russia is responsible for the misery in Ukraine. Tensions between the various powerful blocs have never been higher in history. Which means that the risk of major conflict is very real, for example through a series of setbacks or even just a miscalculation,” Guterres said.
Much to his surprise, Lavrov called the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council to meet to discuss, among other things, the maintenance of international peace. “No one allowed the Western minority to speak on behalf of all humanity,” said the Russian minister.
By organizing this debate, Russia is trying to appear as a defender of the principles of the United Nations. But nothing is less true. How can it be cynical, for God’s sake, said Olof Skog, the representative of the European Union’s 27 countries on the United Nations Security Council.
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