Russia: Lavrov slams 'unilateral egoistic line' on Syria that benefits some
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The Russian Federation has consistently pursued a foreign policy anchored in and approved by the conception of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which requires us to be guided by the interests of ensuring the security of the country in close cooperation with all states willing to do so on an equal footing, based on respect for international law and, above all, the central role of the UN. Consistent with this collective approach, considering the interests of all members of the international community, we managed to do a lot in the past year. We have reached an agreement for the settlement of Iran's Nuclear Program (INP), completed the process of chemical demilitarisation of Syria, and approved a very important document on climate change at the Paris conference. However, it is clear that not all problems were solved last year. There are no less conflicts and crises. This is mostly due to the fact that apart from the position of the collective development of a mutually respectful partnership which is supported by most countries, there is another one, which comes from the old logic of dictatorship, that imposes views and values on everyone else, along with the necessity to dominate our world. This position shows up negatively in a number of conflicts that we are witnessing in the Middle East and North Africa: in Iraq, Yemen, Libya, which was literally ruined by the outcome of NATO bombing in 2011.