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Russian Federation: Minister for Foreign Affairs Addresses UNGA
UN, Sep 24 2022

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today said:

The General Assembly’s General Debate is convening at a dramatic moment as crises are growing, and the situation in the area of international security is deteriorating rapidly. Instead of having an honest dialogue and looking for compromises, what we’re dealing with is disinformation, course stagings, and provocations. The future of the world order is being decided today. The question is whether or not it will be the kind of order with one hegemon at the head of it, making everyone else follow its rules, which notoriously benefit that hegemon only, or are we going to have a democratic, fair world without blackmail and the fear of Neo Nazism and Neo colonialism. Despite common sense, Washington and Brussels compounded the situation when they announced economic war against Russia. As a result, there is a growing price on foodstuffs, fertilizers, oil and gas. We welcome Secretary-General António Guterres’ efforts towards the Black Sea Grain Initiative agreements. They need to be implemented. So far, the ships with the Ukrainian grain go somewhere but not into the poorest countries. On the other hand, the impediments by US and EU, the financial and logistical impediments against our grain and fertilizers have not been lifted. The incapacity of Western countries to negotiate and the continued war by the Kyiv regime against their own people, left us with no choice but to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic and to start a special military operation to protect the Russian and other people on Donbass, and so as to remove the threats against our security, which NATO had been consistently creating in Ukraine at our borders.

Russian Federation on Ukraine: Press Conference
UN, Sep 24 2022

Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation briefed reporters on the statement made at the General Assembly, the situation in Ukraine and other topics. Talking to reporters in New York, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today (24 Sep) said there is an open document outlining Russia’s “doctrine for nuclear security,” and invited journalists “to take another look at what explicitly sets out instances where nuclear weapons use by us would be acceptable.” Asked about whether Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine that would be annexed to the Russian Federation as a result of a referendum currently being conducted, would fall under that doctrine, he said:

I would not here try to make any gloomy forecasts. The entire territory of the Russian Federation which is enshrined and could be further enshrined in the constitution of the Russian Federation unquestionably is under the full protection of the state. That is absolutely natural. And all of the laws, doctrines, concepts and strategies of the Russian Federation apply to all of its territory. The US, the EU and NATO cannot claim to have a neutral status, they cannot assert that they are not participating in the conflict. Moreover, one of those conventions I believe the Ground Rule Convention prohibits directly the establishing of recruitment points on the territory of neutral states. And you all know how the Ukrainian embassy and the consulate generals in Europe and in other countries, openly on their websites, publishing invitations to join in the holy war against Russia. All states have an obligation to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of any states. Whose governments respect the principle of self-determination of peoples and whose governments represent all peoples residing on there and that was the last one.

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