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U.S., allies use COVID-19 to impose their vision of world order: Russian FM

MOSCOW, May 13 (Xinhua) — The United States and its allies keep whipping up confrontation and are using the COVID-19 pandemic to impose their own vision of the future world order, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

“They call it a rule-based world order, and as you know, they invent the rules themselves,” Lavrov said at a video meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) foreign ministers.

Lavrov 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.

The country also supports maintaining the system of international relations formed after World War II, the nucleus of which is the United Nations and its organizations, he added.

According to Lavrov, Russia consistently defends the role of the United Nations, an international organization 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 said.

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