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US, allies using pandemic to manipulate world order – Russia



THE United States and its allies have come under heavy criticism for whipping up confrontation and using the current COVID-19 pandemic to impose their own vision on the future of world order.

  Speaking through its Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov during a video meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) today, the Krems said the world order is rule-based and may be threatened by US and its allies who are inventors of the rules themselves.

  “They call it a rule-based world order, and as you know, they invent the rules themselves,” Lavrov said.

  The Russian foreign minister called for unilateral sanctions to be suspended during the period of the pandemic, saying that such sanctions impede humanitarian supplies of medicines, equipment and foodstuffs.

  “Russia is an advocate of seeking collective solutions and is convinced that efforts should be joined on the basis of universality and multilateralism, while efforts should also reflect the interests of every state”, Lavrov said.

  He added that Russia also supports maintaining the system of International Relations formed after World War II, the nucleus of which the United Nations and its organisations came into existence.

  According to Lavrov, Russia consistently defends the role of the United Nations, an international organisation which should adapt to new realities.

  “Any adaptation and any reform is not a one-off action, but a constant process, which takes into account the rapidly changing situation in the world,” Lavrov stated.

  Meanwhile, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has vowed to participate in the virtual meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers today, which focuses primarily on the COVID-19 pandemic. according to report from the Foreign Ministry.

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  The foreign office said the video conference will provide an opportunity to express solidarity and develop a united response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the SCO level.

  Report says, Qureshi has already held telephone conversation with Secretary-General of the SCO Vladimir Norov and exchanged views on adopting an effective strategy to contain COVID-19 On April 6.

  Qureshi briefed Norov on the measures being taken by Pakistan to contain COVID-19. “At a time when the entire world was facing this challenge, coordinated efforts through SCO platform were essential to adopt an effective strategy to control the pandemic,” the foreign minister said.

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