Lavrov in favor of "multi-polar world," mentions NATO's wars

World powers shouldn’t forget the lessons of the past in order to avoid repeating old mistakes in the future, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

Source: Sputnik

"Attempts to falsify the history of World War II offend many nations and undermine basic foundations of the world order," he wrote in the article entitled “The lessons of history and new frontiers,” published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

"The world’s fate can’t be defined by one state or by a small group of countries. The violation of this 'copy-book maxim' could lead to the repetition of occurrences like the shelling of Yugoslavia, occupation of Iraq, chaos in Libya, and civil war in Ukraine," Sputnik cited Lavrov's op-ed.

China and Russia - WW2 victors, were among those countries that founded the UN and are now members of the UN Security Council - "should actively take part in forming the multi-polar world order," Lavrov wrote, and "pointed out that Russia-China cooperation is very important for maintaining regional and international stability."

“We (Russia and China) are decidedly against giving the law by one state to other sovereign countries, including with use of force, imposing one-sided sanctions, and application of practice of double standards,” Lavrov said.

The Sputnik article noted that "in 1999, U.S.-led NATO military operations against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was launched without a UN Security Council resolution" and that "the bombings of the country’s capital, Belgrade, resulted in the thousands of casualties among civilians and disintegration and collapse of the Balkan state."

This was followed in 2003 by the U.S. invasion of Iraq that sparked 2a decade-long war, bringing the Middle East country to its knees and eventually stimulating the rise of the ISIL militant group that now threatens the whole region," and lastly - "Americans widely supported the overthrow of the legitimate powers in a row of countries across the globe; Libya and Ukraine among them."

According to the website, the situation has spiraled out of control in those states "and led to dramatic political destabilization and emergence of full-scale civil wars."


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