Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s video address to the organisers of and participants in the roundtable discussion dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the SCO Charter and the 15th anniversary of the SCO Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation, June 29, 2022
I bid a most cordial and hearty welcome to the organisers of and participants in the roundtable discussion dedicated to two landmark events in the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. I am referring to the 20th anniversary of the SCO Charter and the 15th anniversary of the SCO Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation.
These fundamental documents establish aims and objectives, principles, rights and obligations, whereby the member states are guided in their joint efforts undertaken in the name of a safe and stable common future as well as the well-being and prosperity of their peoples. The values of mutual understanding and trust, equality and consensus, as well as the refusal to participate in hostile actions against each other or directed against third countries serve as a firm foundation for strengthening the spirit of mutual understanding and partnership inherent in the SCO.
Today, our Organisation is a dynamic international union of a new type, located in vast Eurasian expanses. It is distinguished by a creative philosophy and an ability to constantly generate creative energy in the name of achieving common goals. The SCO is by right perceived in the world as a recognised, authoritative, reliable and attractive partner, which is making a significant contribution to maintaining peace and stability, and ensuring sustainable development in Eurasia.
Russia’s foreign policy priorities include strengthening the SCO in a comprehensive way and promoting a meaningful dialogue and practical cooperation in the area of security, the economy, and humanitarian ties. We have consistently advocated greater coordination between the member states in international affairs and strengthening the impact of collaboration with observer states, dialogue partners, and interested multilateral organisations. It is important to continue the coordinated policy towards expanding the SCO, while carefully weighing each step, primarily from the point of view of whether it can really strengthen the Organisation.
Counteracting terrorism, drug trafficking and trans-border organised crime is a matter of particular importance on the SCO agenda. Given the growing scale of interconnected challenges and threats, we continue the work to implement our leaders’ decisions on improving the mechanisms designed to counteract these risks, this in compliance with the relevant initiatives put forward by member states. Simultaneously, measures are being taken to expand the functional potential of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure.
A firm basis has been created for promoting economic interaction within the SCO. It is necessary to work hard to put the existing plans into practice and implement concrete measures intended to ensure food, transport and energy security, develop remote and rural territories, strengthen inter-regional ties, carry out digital transformation, and introduce high technologies and innovations. It will be of use to approve, as expected, a roadmap on increasing the share of national currencies in mutual payments.
Yet another promising vector of joint work is setting up wide-ranging cooperative ties in the interests of creating the Greater Eurasian Partnership through the establishment of an open, mutually beneficial and equitable interaction with partners on our common continent, based on the norms of international law and a balance of national interests.
We are expanding humanitarian exchanges, including in education, science, culture, healthcare, the fight against epidemics, tourism, and human contacts, including contacts between young people.
A vast legal and contractual infrastructure, a huge human and resource potential, multilevel practical mechanisms and the accumulated rich experience of multifaceted cooperation remain a guarantee of the SCO’s further strengthening. Amid the continuing tectonic shifts in world politics and the economy, our Organisation can and must become one of the core elements of a new, more just and democratic polycentric world order based on the UN Charter, the principles of sovereign equality of all states, non-interference in internal affairs, and equal and indivisible security.
Russia has come up with an initiative to modernise the SCO and adapt it to the present-day geopolitical realities. I am confident that the leaders of our countries will map out the priorities and measures to achieve the said goals at the upcoming September SCO Summit in Samarkand, which will be the culmination of Uzbekistan’s successful chairmanship.
In conclusion, I would like to wish you interesting and informative discussions and all the best.
It’s a rare but very welcome sight to see Lavrov smile. 8-)
I hope he gets more reason to smile in the near future!
Wish I could upvote you. But this option is not available here.
Not many statesmen like Lavrov he’s got class.
According to this speech by Sergey Lavrov, the SCO “member states are guided in their joint efforts undertaken in the name of a safe and stable common future as well as the well-being and prosperity of their peoples.”
Let’s contrast the Russian initiatives in building a new and improved architecture of International Relations and economic strength, made publicly available in speeches from Russia’s leader and ministers, with the warmongering West and NATO. Consider this sabre rattling speech, by the UK Government’s top military man, and deliberately made publicly available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/chief-the-general-staff-speech-at-rusi-land-warfare-conference
“We are mobilising the Army to help prevent war in Europe by being ready to fight and win alongside our NATO allies and partners.”
— The Chief of the General Staff General Sir Patrick Sanders, speaking at the RUSI Land Warfare Conference, 28 June 2022, Church House, Westminster, London, United Kingdom.
Was this sabre rattling speech made publicly available online to manufacture consent for a full scale land war in Europe against Russia, appealing to a domestic UK audience, and at the same time a serious attempt to divert attention away from the UK domestic political, economic and social chaos now happening?
How much rhetoric does it take to fill a hole in a sinking ship?
Its just the British. Take a cup of tea.
. . . . . and the dog out for a walk in the park.
And a pint of beer at the local pub before walking home.
The dog just died because there’s no medicine and no vet ( blame Russia ) there’s no tea
( blame Russia ) and the pub has closed
( blame Russia )
And all three comments are subject to the usual caveat ( when stuck for words blame Russia )
“The oligarchs that took control of the United States in the 1880s onward, almost all poorly educated, most mentally unfit and all morally destitute built the mechanisms that made proxy war with Russia possible.”
– John Duff
“Putting together a survey of history after World War I, a history durable enough to explain the Cold War and Vietnam (I had only recently returned from that conflict, thus making me a curiosity) lead not only to a “duality” in approach but one likely to fall well outside the purview of general education as outlined by our “betters” as suitable for state funded institutions.
From the outset, the treaty negotiations, if one were to abuse the term, at Versailles made one thing clear, a dark financial cabal had begun World War I, had grown in power and stature and had gained an irrepressible hunger for more, more war, more death and more control.
Worse still, these self-ordained power elites were typically, as is evidenced, not only less than intelligent but also prone toward malevolence and subject to any whims and hoaxes of the time. They embraced eugenics, crackpot economic theories and gravitated toward secret societies and the occult.
Between the wars, their every effort was spent building the military capabilities that would assure the next world war would be wider in scope, longer in duration and leave a world in chaos and ruin to an extent that their power over man and government would be forever unchecked.”
– John Baugham Harrison.
WW1 1914-18 was the deliberate culling of the working class of Europe, because they were getting too many socialist ideas in their heads, that upset the aristocracy. Both my grandfathers were conscripted into the British army in 1916 to fight in the trenches of Belgium against the German army who were also, sat in trenches across Europe. One million British men between the ages of 18 and 35 were deliberately used as cannon fodder by the upper class twit officer class, who gave orders them to advance on foot against shelling, machine gun fire and poison gas. One million men died out of a total population of 27 million people, but the slaughter went on up to 1918 until the men were showing signs of mutiny.
When I was in primary school in the 1940s I noticed that all my teachers were spinsters (unmarried women) because their prospective husbands had all been murdered. There was a missing generation.
The general state of British Armed Forces is humorously summarised here:
A new democracy is built for all. Of course against the will of the supposedly democratic European kingdoms (a stupidity that nobody believes) and the United States that will do everything possible to maintain white privileges over those who are not.
Do Not Be Deceived By (no caps please. Mod.) the Deep State/International BanksterCabal by believing this is a racial issue!
Their first rule for control of the masses is “Divide and Conquer!” If “They” prevail, all but a tiny fraction of Elites, becomes “slaves” of the Deep State, serving for their pleasure and benefit.
Correct. The USG ‘deep state’ hates white people, particularly authentic Christians, with a truly demonic passion. I should know because I unfortunately live in this cesspool of a nation and am a white male Christian.
Lots of starving, homeless, unprivilaged ‘white’ people. Can’t beat living on the street eating from garbage cans…..get lost with your White privilege crap and do some research on what privilege really is. You are just as privileged, how do I know, the comprehensive level of your English and your ability to connect to the internet to get your misinformation on what is ‘white privilege’.
Is it only my impression that Jason Stoltenberg is an extraordinary Norwegian moron? He speaks English like a simple-minded high-school kid. All he says is scripted for his narrow, russophobic mind. Whenever he is pressed to say something of his own, he usually ends up saying either something extraordinarily banal or something truly stupid and irresponsible. As, for example, when he once said that Russia wants “less NATO,” but she will get “more NATO,” his facial expression confirming that he is indeed … a moron.
It’s not polite to speak of Lord Rottenchild’s poodle in such a manner.
Sergei’s down to 30 fags a day from 40, a tell that communicating with level headed like minded people and not delusional cretins, reduces stress levels.
The US plan to keep Europe/Germany down and Russia out has backfired. Sinking your own ships is basically what the US is/has been doing. Sun Tzu, even Machiavelli, would be tearing their hair out watching the West’s feeble attempts to turn this giant boondoggle around. New trade routes are evolving nicely, new alliances/allegiances forged, energy, major infrastructure projects, supply chains, which will all develop organically over this and the next century.
Russia is the glue to building on these foundations, Iran & Saudi, India & China. Modi and MBS know where the future lies and Russian diplomacy , backed by its military strength ( the psychological damage of winning the arms race, inflicting the final nail in the coffin to any US resurgence) , provides an escape route from the former gunboat policies and dollar hegemony of America.
Of course, the US is thrashing around like a wild animal with its foot caught in a mantrap (let’s call it ‘The Putin Trap’). Someone with compassion ought to put it out of its misery.