Lavrov will speak at the session of the UN General Assembly

© RIA Novosti / Vitaliy Belousov Sergey Lavrov. Archival photoLavrov will speak at the session of the UN General Assembly© RIA Novosti / Vitaliy Belousov

The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday will speak at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

According to experts, the priority issues that will raise the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, can become the UN reform, the escalation on the Korean Peninsula, the UN peacekeepers in the Donbass and the settlement in Syria.

In addition to speaking at the UN General Assembly, Lavrov on Thursday to participate in the Ministerial meeting on Syria and a number of bilateral contacts.

Again, Syria, North Korea and Ukraine

Ukrainian settlement, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the Syrian conflict is not the first year become the Central themes in the speech of the Russian Minister. Currently, however, it is possible to speak about a new stage in the discussion of old problems.

In Syria, the country gradually freed from militants of terrorist groups «Islamic state»* (IG*) and «Dzhebhat EN-Nusra»*, managed to agree on areas of de-escalation. In Ukraine, at the UN, there is an ongoing discussion about the direction of the territory of Donbass peacekeepers. While the Korean settlement is stalled, the output of which after another missile launch by Pyongyang, and rhetoric from Washington seems less and less realistic.

«There is a very acute crisis on the Korean Peninsula, again here the Russian position is a factor, so I think that the Minister will speak on that, especially since the Korean issue, it was raised by the President (of the USA Donald) trump,» — said RIA Novosti Director General, Russian international Affairs Council (RIAC) Andrei Kortunov.


One of the main themes of the performances trump on Tuesday at the General Assembly was the reform of the UN, a draft Declaration had been submitted by Washington and supported by two thirds of member countries of the UN.

«Of course, the news of the day is the reform proposals of the UN, which came from Americans, but now supported by almost 130 countries. It would be strange if the Russian Minister did not respond in one form or another this, too,» said Kortunov.

Members of the Russian delegation said earlier that Moscow generally backs the idea of UN reform, but it must be designed «to adapt the Organization to modern realities while preserving the intergovernmental nature of the UN and the unconditional observance of the Constitution of the principle of separation of powers between the main organs.»


Announcing the participation of the Minister in the session of the UN General Assembly, the Russian foreign Ministry said that Moscow «has consistently advocated the achievement of equal and indivisible security for all countries, with absolute respect for the sovereignty and rights of peoples to self-select the path».

«In this regard we will advocate the principles of rule of international law, the UN Charter and the Charter prerogatives of the Security Council, which has primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security», — stated in the message.

On sovereignty, noninterference in Affairs of other countries and the international rule of law two days earlier at the UN told the US President Donald trump. He stressed that the US this year received almost 700 billion military budget. «Of course we need to see how these words are to be translated into practical actions,» — said later statement of the American leader Lavrov.

Among other topics, the Minister may touch on in his speech, will probably be Iran and the future of the Joint comprehensive plan of action, the middle East peace process, bilateral relations, Russia and the United States. The experts expected that Lavrov will not escape in his speech, vivid images and references to literary works.

So last year he said that the countries of the UN should be guided by the philosophy of the characters in the dystopia of George Orwell’s Animal farm («Animal Farm»), «when all are equal, but some «are more equal».

* A terrorist organization banned in Russia.