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Sergey Lavrov offers Russia’s point-for-point rebuttal of Donald Trump’s UN speech

Sergey Lavrov offers Russia’s point-for-point rebuttal of Donald Trump’s UN speech

Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s long serving Foreign Minister has delivered his country’s address to the plenary session of the 72nd meeting of the UN General Assembly.

The speech which was delivered at a rapid pace, can be characterised as a point-for-point rebuttal of the majority of issues raised by Donald Trump during his deeply controversial speech delivered on the 19th of September.

Below are the main points covered by Lavrov

North Korea

Sergey Lavrov placed a heavy emphasis on the joint Chinese and Russian deep-freeze proposals which call for de-escalation on the Korean peninsula.

Lavrov stated that “military hysteria is not just an impasse but a disaster” in a clear reference to Donald Trump’s threat to “destroy” North Korea, during his address before the United Nations.

Russia’s Foreign Minister condemned “Pyongyang’s missile adventurism” but restated that diplomacy is the only means of solving the crisis.

Iran 

Sergey Lavrov stated Russia’s support for the 2013 JCPOA which is colloquially known as the Iran nuclear deal. By contrast, Donald Trump called the deal “an embarrassment”.

Lavrov then said that the JCPOA has been and continues to be effective and that threats against Iran are causing alarm in the wider world.

Venezuela 

Sergey Lavrov said that it is “unacceptable” for any external power to orchestrate riots let alone take military action against Venezuela. He also affirmed Russia’s opposition to sanctions against Venezuela. He explained that unilateral actions in such areas are ineffective and pointed to the failed US embargo of Cuba.

Lavrov condemned the use of ultimatums as a means of settling geo-political disputes and warned that such leads only lead to chaos, instability and refugee crises.

Syria

Sergey Lavrov spoke positively of the defeat of ISIS on the battle field but remarked with surprise verging on disgust that al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria) is “being spared by members of the US led coalition”.

He further stated that more efforts are still needed to bring stability to Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.

Lavrov then said that any allegations relating to the use of chemical weapons in Syria or elsewhere should be investigated thoroughly and objectively. To this end, the work of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should not be undermined.

Sergey Lavrov also praised the work of the Astana Group of Russia, Iran and Turkey to help bring stability to Syria.

Palestine 

The Russian Foreign Minister expressed regret that there has still been no just solution for the people of Palestine. He affirmed that Russia places a strong emphasis on bringing peace to Palestine at the soonest possible date. Specifically, he stated that Russia has always and will continue to attach a supreme importance on achieving Palestinian unity.

Lavrov said that Russia is willing to engage in fostering direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leadership in pursuit of the two-state solution agreed to by the United Nations.

Ukrainian regime’s war on Donbass 

Lavrov stated that it is necessary to deploy UN peacekeepers to Donbass at the soonest possible moment while he deplored the fact that the lawless Kiev regime consistently fails to implement the agreements contained in the MINSK Protocols.

Lavrov devoted this portion of the speech to criticising how the current regime in Kiev came to power through a violent and lawless coup.

Lavrov reminded his audience that the United Nations was founded as a result of the Nuremberg Trials of fascist war criminals and that no one should hide behind the phenomenon of free speech in order to glorify fascism and contemporary expressions of Nazism.

NATO expansion into Europe and anti-Russian racism 

Sergey Lavrov lamented that after the Cold War, the western powers “grew heady” on the heels of history and broke multiple promises to refrain from expanding NATO into parts of Europe which had formerly been part of the Warsaw Pact which was led by the Soviet Union.

He said that “NATO is trying to restore the climate of the Cold War”, something which is unacceptable based on the modern standards of global multi-polarity.

The Russian Foreign Minister further stated that NATO’s expansion into Europe created anti-Russian sentiments throughout the continent and this has led to the nationalistic desecration of monuments to those who won the war against fascism. This is a clear reference to Poland beginning to tear down monuments to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War against fascism. Lavrov stated that the UN must raise these matters with urgency.

Lavrov further stated that the UN must do more to help the human rights disaster of stateless peoples of Europe, many of whom are also the victims of racist laws which prevent them from speaking their native languages. This is a clear reference to the discrimination against Russians in the Baltic states of the European Union.

Sovereignty 

As a country which has always respected the sovereignty and dignity of all nations, Sergey Lavrov said that Russia welcomed Donald Trump’s remarks in favour of respecting all nations rights to sovereignty, but then decried the perpetual “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” attitude of the US led NATO west.

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Nuclear weapons 

While Russia is committed to a world free of nuclear weapons, Sergey Lavrov stated that the best way to cut down on the proliferation of nuclear weapons was through realistic and objective dialogue. He stated that an unrealistic approach to nuclear weapons, only pushes the goal of a nuclear free world further away.

Lavrov’s concluding remarks 

Lavrov spoke positively of Russia’s engagement in multilateral organisations such as the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the BRICS, and the  Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

He stated that the multipolar or “polycentric” nature of the 21st century political map should be welcomed as a positive development.

Lavrov stated that the world must reject military alliances and instead work for collective security, which includes a rational approach to cyber-security.

Sergey Lavrov concluded by quoting the Roman philosopher Seneca who said “We were born to coexist together”. Lavrov stated that the UN founding fathers understood this better than anyone.

Conclusion 

As Donald Trump’s speech opened with warm words about an non-ideological/pragmatic new approach for American foreign policy, one which would respect the sovereignty of nations, Sergey Lavrov offered praise for words which are long overdue from the Russian perspective.

However, just as Trump devoted the remainder of his speech to the antithetical threats to make war and sow conflict among several nations, Lavrov rejected Trump’s account on all parts.

–Whereas Trump threatened war on North Korea, Lavrov said dialogue is the only answer.

–Whereas Trump threatened war and sanctions on Venezuela–Lavrov condemned both and warned against such moves.

–Whereas Trump threatened to axe the JCPOA, Lavrov spoke highly of it.

–Whereas Trump condemned the Syrian government, Lavrov praised measures to bring peace to Syria which respect Syrian sovereignty.

In this sense, Russia and the US have very different ideas of how the world ought to be run. Donald Trump has not changed this, but in many ways, has only served to magnify these differences.

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dave3200
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dave3200

Trump is getting some very bad guidance internally.

S.M. De Kuyper
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S.M. De Kuyper

Terrible advice, and, he is taking it!

Avi Unobtaniumstein
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Avi Unobtaniumstein

That is not advice he is getting, it is instructions.

dave3200
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dave3200

You are absolutely right. I accept the correction. Thank you.

DrFreedom
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DrFreedom

All part of the brilliant Donald Trump plan. Good cop–bad cop. Pretend you are the bad cop so the good cop can get credit for the reasonable approach. This defuses the anti-Russian sentiments that Hillary and the Deep State were trying to use to bring down the Trump administration through “Russiagate.” 🙂

S.M. De Kuyper
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S.M. De Kuyper

Trump has no plan!

DrFreedom
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DrFreedom

That’s what Hillary thought! Ha ha ha! 🙂

tiredofthemedialies
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tiredofthemedialies

he can’t even keep up, let alone plan.

santiago
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santiago

WTF are you talking about? You make no sense at all. Read your words you sound like you are infatuated with what you thought Trump represented. Smell the fucking coffee already!

Helen B
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Helen B

Oh if only you were right, but sadly I don’t think you are.
Threatening to annihilate a nation is just plain unacceptable, and the UN was never meant to be a forum for threats. Bush, Colin Powell and the WMD were bad enough, but this is the nadir.
Watch the faces of the reps in the audience, who are alarmed, and then look at Bibi. There’s no doubt who this insanity benefits.

Bevin Chu
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Not really sure if the “good cop” is supposed to talk about “totally destroying” North Korea.

S.M. De Kuyper
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S.M. De Kuyper

Lavrov’s rebuttal of President Trump’s speech is brilliant, passionate, clear and calm.

tiredofthemedialies
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tiredofthemedialies

but the ziocons don’t care, and talking logic to sociopaths is just wasted breath.

Helen B
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Helen B

Don’t be deluded by Trump’s reference to “sovereign nations”. The US wants “full spectrum dominance”, nothing less.
I’m sure Lavrov is aware of this.
Trump’s speech was deplorable. Lavrov is ever the diplomat.

Bevin Chu
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“I’m sure Lavrov is aware of this.”

Absolutely.

Some well-meaning but politically naive opponents of US hegemony have mistakenly assumed that Lavrov was “taken in” by Trump’s lip service to sovereignty.

They don’t understand “diplomatese”. Diplomats are masters of ironic understatement. Lavrov was holding Trump’s feet to the fire when he “praised” Trump’s phony advocacy of sovereignty.

Rex drabble
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Rex drabble

I hoped Trump would be different but alas he is just more of the same.It is clear to me that his ego has gotten the better of him.He thinks this is some reality tv show where he will come out on top,he is sadly mistaken.
It has become obvious that in the international arena he is very ill prepared.
The only positive I can see is that he will bring the US down faster than we hoped could happen.

Anne Felippe
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Anne Felippe

I had hopes in Trump which are slowly dimming. I think they are telling him that his polls are up with this pro-war aggressive speech, but it is completely insane……and completely nonsensical. How in the world does trump think the US could ‘destroy NK’ without destroying SK as well, and without China and Russia becoming involved in this, who is advising him to talk like this, obviously someone who doesn’t want him to win in 2020

Rex drabble
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Rex drabble

He is a fool.He has lied to the world about adhering to international law.
America is going down big time,Enough is enough!

Maria M Cummings
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Maria M Cummings

Sergey Lavrov is, without a question, the epitome of what a diplomat should be.
Americans take note. Frankly, I cannot think of anyone in the US that come close to Lavrov. Actually, simply put, there are no diplomats in the US.

Hal Freeman
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Hal Freeman

Well said!

Anne Felippe
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Anne Felippe

I agree, not like the crazy hotheaded niki haley…….

Bevin Chu
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The US today has hatchetmen, not diplomats.

cap960
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cap960

As usual Mr. Lavrov speaking words of wisdom.

Rex drabble
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Rex drabble

Russia is the worlds friend and Mr Lavrov is the best bar none.

Putin's baby
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Putin's baby

Lavrov is an adult, trump is a spoiled brat with a childs brain in a obese, disgusting body.

seby
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seby

The reality is that a few days ago, the rest of the world and its statesmen had to suffer the embarrassment of listening to the boofhead leader of a military dictatorship.

Anthony Enos Wicher
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Anthony Enos Wicher

This was not primarily a “rebuttal of Trump’s UN speech”. It was primarily a statement of agreement with the principles stated by Trump at the start of his speech about respect for national sovereignty and cooperation between sovereign nations and how this can be implemented at the United Nations. He does not agree with the “rogue nations” belligerent part of the speech, but it seems to me he is focusing more on the positive parts.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Sergey Lavrov – the only adult in the UN room.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

while I agree with you praise for Lavrov, I would include Iran’s and China’s speakers and representatives in that!

Anne Felippe
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Anne Felippe

‘ al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria) is “being spared by members of the US led coalition”.’ This is because the US wants to use al-Nusra in their next regime change………

m.Karim
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m.Karim

Sensible pragmatic solution on global situation suggested!

Suzanne Giraud
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Suzanne Giraud

“In this sense, Russia and the US have very different ideas of how the world ought to be run. Donald Trump has not changed this, but in many ways, has only served to magnify these differences.”

Super analysis there as this gives nations the pure and honest choices they KNOW they must take NOW: Unipolar (NWO/Zionist-Israel) versus Multi-Polar World (Russia/China) for the survival of sovereign Humanity. Trump is useful in this regard: ripping the curtains wide open to let in the light.

Jo Ann
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Jo Ann

Very important speech…one of many that Lavrov has given in the past. Lavrov is a true diplomat. You do not see Russia and China invading other countries around the world and intervering and conducting covert operations for regime change. No, it is the United States (or rather those who control the United States). It is evident that the Deep State and the Shadow Government is still in control of the United States government, despite what Trump “says” he wants to do. Saying and “doing” are two different things. Trump is controlled by three generals. The Military Industrial Complex that Eisenhower… Read more »

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