[ Editor’s Note: Lavrov takes the stage as the
grand diplomatic professor at the opening of the Diplomatic Club in Moscow this
week. I have to salute his optimism, as I am more of a cynic than he is. What
talented diplomats construct, evil and corrupt politicians and their colleagues
in Intelligence and even the military can undo.
But he is right to focus on what was
accomplished, and what we avoided because wise diplomats steered their ships of
state away from the rocks, at least some of the time. Avoiding some disasters
is better than none at all.
My biggest beef with Sergei is he never
really hammers on my pet peeve, how state-sponsored terrorism is the wellspring
of the terrorism scourge. He just nibbles around the edges now and then, but
never sinks his teeth in.
fanatics and criminal elements that are sucked in are just tools and cannon
fodder, as are their officers. Without state actors to support them, and
the list is long, all the talk about defeating terrorism is frankly a lot of
hot air. The countries involved in this must face a two-front attack to defeat
them… domestic opposition in concert with international opposition, and more
critically, senior international statesmen in the lead.
Lavrov has the top diplomatic reputation on the
planet, and no one could lead this counter attack more then he. But I
understand he works for the Russian Federation, not the world. But he must
know, like I know, that containing the problem is not fixing it. You leave the
enemy in the field time to learn more, adapt, and invent new tactics for a
never ending war… Jim W. Dean ]
Lavrov – working the crowd on his arrival at
– First published
… June 01, 2016 –
experiencing renaissance today, and personal contacts are a key instrument in the effort to solve
global problems, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday at the
ceremony of formal opening of the Diplomatic Club in the Russian Foreign
Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy.
probably remains the key instrument to overcome difficulties,” Lavrov said.
“New communications tools will never replace direct face-to-face conversation.
This helps promote some kind of mutual understanding, helping achieve mutually
“On the whole,
diplomacy today is going through a renaissance,” he said.
Lavrov said the logic of coercion, ultimatums,
condescending conversations “gradually, very slowly, is yielding to the
understanding that it is necessary to communicate.”
are held in various formats, including with participation of heads of state,
foreign ministers, other representatives of states,” he said. “During these
contacts, agreements that may influence improvement of the global landscape are
Lavrov hopes for balanced approach to settling
conflicts in Syria, Ukraine Sergey Lavrov hopes that the determination to
achieve balanced solutions will gain the upper hand in settling current
conflicts, including those in Syria and Ukraine.
relations are at a turning point, at a stage of forming new multi-polar, a
multi-centric system, which is expected to reflect the ever more complex nature
of the modern world and to address the emerging challenges common to all more
effectively,” Lavrov said. He was speaking at the opening of the diplomatic
club at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic academy on Wednesday.
He believes that only concerted action can
produce response to global threats.
“Attempts at trying
to do that differently, through unilateral measures, have resulted in nothing
good,” he said. “This means that diplomacy is emerging in the forefront in the
process of identifying solutions that would suit one and all.”
“Last year’s events
shows that there where all parties demonstrated the sincere wish to achieve
harmonious solutions based on a balance of interests agreements accommodating
everybody’s interests were achieved,” Lavrov said. As an example he mentioned
the agreements on the settlement of the Iranian nuclear program, chemical
disarmament in Syria, and the establishment of a framework for the political
settlement of the Syrian crisis and for overcoming the crisis in Ukraine.
“I do hope that this
kind of approach will eventually prevail in tackling all problems resulting
from numerous conflicts – those in Syria, Ukraine, the Middle East, Africa and
other spots on the globe.