US President Barack Obama has failed to convey his ‘strive for peace’ in the address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday as he kept accusing Moscow of interference in the Ukrainian crisis and put Russia in second place on the list of key global threats, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
UNITED NATIONS, (RIA Novosti) – US President Barack Obama has failed to convey his ‘strive for peace’ in the address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday as he kept accusing Moscow of interference in the Ukrainian crisis and put Russia in second place on the list of key global threats, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
“The speech of a peacekeeper, as it was worded, did not sound convincing, in my opinion, if we compare it with real facts,” the Russian prime minister told reporters on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.
“We have been assigned a second place on his list of threats to global peace and security. The first place is occupied by the spread of the Ebola virus, the second — as President Obama called it, is ‘the Russian aggression in Europe’, and only the third is taken by the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other terrorists who are roaming around the Middle East as we speak, especially in the countries where the United States have intervened illegally, in violation of the international law,” Lavrov said.
“On the contrary, we are interested in putting out the flames of conflicts around the world through a fair dialogue based on equality of rights and mutual respect rather than through unilateral accusations and shifting the responsibility on someone else,” the minister stressed.
Obama in his speech expressed “the point of view of a country that has enshrined in its national security doctrine the right to use force at its discretion, regardless of UN Security Council decisions or international law,” Lavrov said.
The Russian prime minister stressed that he will discuss these issues with US Secretary of State John Kerry during their meeting later on Wednesday.
Speaking before the General Assembly earlier in the day, Obama asked the world to come together in order to combat the Islamic State militants but also once again accused Russia of providing eastern Ukraine militia with military assistance and illegally “annexing” Crimea. Russia has repeatedly denied the claims and made all possible to ensure the de-escalation of the Ukrainian crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a peace plan to resolve the conflict two days before Kiev and the eastern regions of Ukraine reached a ceasefire agreement on September 5 in Minsk.