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United Nations (AP) — Russia’s high diplomat denounced the USA and the West on Saturday as self-interested defenders of a fading worldwide order, however he did not talk about his nation’s battle in Ukraine in his speech to the U.N. Normal Meeting.

“The U.S. and its subordinate Western collective are persevering with to gasoline conflicts which artificially divide humanity into hostile blocks and hamper the achievement of total goals. They’re doing the whole lot they will to forestall the formation of a real multipolar world order,” International Minister Sergey Lavrov stated.

“They’re making an attempt to pressure the world to play based on their very own self-centered guidelines,” he stated.

As for the 19-month battle in Ukraine, he recapped some historic complaints going again to the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, and alluded to the billions of {dollars} that the usand Western allies have spent in supporting Ukraine. However he did not delve into the present preventing.

For a second yr in a row, the Normal Meeting is happening with no finish to the battle in sight. A 3-month-long Ukrainian counteroffensive has gone slower than Kyiv hoped, making modest advances however no main breakthroughs.

Ukraine’s seats within the meeting corridor have been empty for at the very least a part of Lavrov’s speech. An American diplomat wrote on a notepad in her nation’s part of the viewers.

Since invading in February 2022, Russia has supplied quite a few explanations for what it calls the “particular navy operation” in Ukraine.

Amongst them: claims that Kyiv was oppressing Russian audio system in Ukraine’s east and so Moscow had to assist them, that Ukraine’s rising ties with the West lately pose a threat to Russia, and that it’s additionally threatened by NATO’s eastward enlargement over the many years.

Lavrov hammered on those themes in his General Assembly speech last year, and he alluded once more Saturday to what Russia perceives as NATO’s improper encroachment.

However his deal with checked out it by means of a wide-angle lens, surveying a panorama, as Russia sees it, of Western nations’ efforts to cling to outsized affect in world affairs. He portrayed the trouble as doomed.

The remainder of the planet is sick of it, Lavrov argued: “They don’t need to stay underneath anyone’s yoke anymore.” That reveals, he stated, within the progress of such teams as BRICS — the developing-economies coalition that at the moment consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and recently invited Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to hitch subsequent yr.

“Our future is being formed by a wrestle, a wrestle between the worldwide majority in favor of a fairer distribution of world advantages and civilized variety and between the few who wield neocolonial strategies of subjugation with a view to keep their domination which is slipping by means of their fingers,” he stated.

Beneath meeting procedures that give the microphone to presidents forward of cabinet-level officers, Lavrov spoke 4 days after Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy and U.S. President Joe Biden.

Zelenskyy accused Russia of “weaponizing” meals, power and even children in opposition to Ukraine and “the worldwide rules-based order” at giant. Biden sounded the same notice in pressing world leaders to keep up support for Ukraine: “If we enable Ukraine to be carved up, is the independence of any nation safe?”

Each Lavrov and Zelenskyy additionally addressed the U.N. Safety Council on Wednesday but didn’t actually face off. Zelenskyy left the room earlier than Lavrov got here in.


Related Press journalists Mary Altaffer on the United Nations and Joanna Kozlowska in London contributed.

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