Feb 19, 2019, 3:13 PM
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Imposing foreign models on Middle East disrupts balance: Russian FM

Moscow, Feb 19, IRNA – Russian foreign minister slammed attempts made by the US and the West to impose foreign models for the development of the Middle East, and said that it undermines the regional balance.

'The Middle East, which has been enduring a period of severe tests, still holds a central place on the global agenda. Both the future of the region’s governments, international security and stability hinge on how the situation will develop there,' Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in his address to the Valdai International Discussion Club, read out by Russian Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

'The methods of geopolitical engineering, attempts at imposing foreign models of development and values on the people of the Middle East and North Africa, especially through the use of force, have led to the weakening or collapse of states and an unprecedented surge in international terrorism across a whole number of countries,' Lavrov pointed out, according to TASS News Agency.

'In addition, (it) has led to a massive migration crisis, destabilizing the ethno-confessional balance that had consolidated throughout the centuries.'

Lavrov also said that Moscow has been consistently calling for overcoming the region's difficulties through political and diplomatic means and by fully complying with the international law.

On Tuesday, Moscow ushered in the eighth Middle East conference of the Valdai International Discussion Club. During the two-day forum, the participants are expected to discuss the war on terror, rebuilding Syria, collective security in the Middle East and the future of global hydrocarbon markets, wrote TASS.

Mohammad-Kazem Sajjadour, an advisor to Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, will make a speech in the conference.

Valdai International Discussion Club was established in 2004 to compete with Switzerland's Davos conference.


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