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  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017 | Photo: Reuters

"The policies of the West are based on the principle of 'who is not with us, is against us," Sergei Lavrov.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has condemned the U.S. for threatening the option of military intervention in Venezuela.

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Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Lavrov criticized the illegitimate application of "unilateral sanctions" by certain Western countries, in reference to the restrictions imposed by the U.S. against Iran, Cuba and Venezuela.

Lavrov said it is unacceptable to instigate unrest and launch military threats in order to 'democratize' Venezuela, as are actions aimed at undermining the country's legitimate authorities.

He insisted that in any internal conflict, the international community must urge all parties to commit to reconciliation.

"The policies of the West are based on the principle of 'who is not with us, is against us," said the Russian foreign minister, referring to the threats made by the U.S. President Donald Trump.

He also made reference to Cuba and said the blockade should be lifted, "Almost all UN member states have called for the immediate lifting of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed on Havana for several decades."

On the subject of North Korea, Lavrov said he did not support Pyongyang's position but he objected to the "military hysteria" which could lead to “disaster.”

He urged the UN to consider the roadmap for talks with the North put forward by Russia and China to defuse the crisis on the Korean peninsula by diplomatic and peaceful means.

Both Moscow and Beijing are proposing the suspension of Washington's joint military maneuvers with South Korea but the White House has rejected the plan.

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Lavrov also condemned U.S. unilateral sanctions on Iran - he said they would undermine the nuclear deal with Tehran

"Using unilateral sanctions ... is illegitimate and undermines the collective nature of international efforts. Everyone is witnessing with alarm today the newer and newer restrictions by the U.S. against Iran." 

"They threaten the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," he added, referring to the 2015 international accord between Iran and six world powers.

Trump has suggested he is leaning towards withdrawing from the deal, but several international allies are trying to dissuade him.

 


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