Lavrov accused Washington of violating the United Nations Charter by failing to respect the independence and sovereignty of states and constantly interfering in the internal affairs of those nations.
NEW YORK – Russia and the United States faced off Monday by launching harsh accusations at the United Nations Security Council. The U.N. body had a special meeting in to mark its 70th anniversary.
During the meeting, Russia took the opportunity to take a few swings at the American representatives by correctly pointing out how American interventionism is largely the cause of most military conflicts around the world.
Although the aim of the discussion was to reaffirm the commitment of the international community to the principles of the UN, tensions arose after Moscow accused Washington of instigating conflicts such as Syria and Ukraine.
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, called attention to the recurrent violations of established agreements in the United Nations Charter, including points regarding the independence and sovereignty of states whose internal affairs the United States usually interferes with in order to further its agenda.
“Just remember the bombing of Serbia, the occupation of Iraq under false pretenses and the gross manipulation of the mandate of the Security Council which has led to the destruction and chaos in Libya,” Lavrov said.
For the Russian minister, who declined to comment directly to the US, all these movements are “the result of an attempt to dominate international affairs, to rule over all.”
In the case of countries that resist that domain, said Lavrov, the U.S. seeks to “encourage internal disorder and regime change,” which in his opinion was evident with the “support of the coup in Ukraine”.
He also criticized the imposition of “unilateral sanctions” without a green light from the United Nations, as adopted by the U.S. and the European Union against his country following the Ukrainian crisis.
Lavrov denounced, in that sense, attempts to convert the Security Council of the U.N. in an organism that simply adopts the guidelines of a “leader” or that is left out of important decisions.
Lavrov insisted that the Security Council should be reformed to regain the role it used to have.
“We see a need to take action together to eliminate the double standards of international politics and lead the Security Council to fill the role of a leading institution that is based on respect and solutions”, he noted.
In response, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said that if the Security Council has not assumed its responsibilities has often been precisely due to vetoes, as exercised by Russia’s numerous initiatives to try to oppose the war in Syria.
Power also referred to the situation in Ukraine and accused Moscow of training, arming and fighting alongside the separatists, violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the neighboring country.
British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, denounced the “illegal annexation of Crimea and destabilization of eastern Ukraine” on the Russian side as an example of threats to peace and security that persist in the world.
The meeting, in which several ministers participated, was convened by China, whose Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, called to end the mentality of “confrontation” and a new era based on cooperation among nations.
Secretary General Ban Ki Mun, meanwhile focused on the need to improve the work of the organization in defense of human rights and, for this, he insisted that the sovereignty of States can not inhibit when it comes to protecting the population.
“Sovereignty is still part of the foundations of international order, but in today’s world, the less you see sovereignty as a wall or shield, the better our prospects to protect people,” he said.
The Korean diplomat cited the case of Syria and wondered if some efforts to respond to violations of human rights and political problems could have avoided the situation.
In addition to reaffirming its support for the principles of the U.N. Charter, a number of countries discussed the importance of improving the effectiveness of the United Nations, especially the Security Council.
Many representatives spoke about the need for reform and to limit the power of veto in the hands of the five permanent members: US, UK, France, China and Russia.
The initiative to renounce the power of veto is especially needed when the U.N. Security Council needs to deal with massive crimes committed by governments against their people, or against other nations.
Such a reform would make it easier to deal with crimes like the ones committed by NATO members in Kosovo, those of Israel against Palestine, and last but not least, those carried out by the United States in places such as Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and Latin America.