Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that NATO is seeking to recreate the climate of the Cold War, at UN General Assembly, in New York City, on Thursday.

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): "Sovereignty, rejecting interference in the affairs of other states, the equality of people, mutual respect, Russia has always abided by these principles in its international dealings and will continue defending it. In the past 25 years, our country despite difficulties has honestly gone through its share of the road down towards the elimination of the heritage of the Cold War and did a lot in order to strengthen trust and understanding in the Euro-Atlantic area and in the world. This was not with reciprocity on the part of our western partners, made heady by the illusion of the world of history and they are trying to adjust today's realities, the rudimentary rules that come from the era of opposing alliances. NATO is trying to restore the climate of the cold war and is refusing to implement the principal they solemnly declared in the 1990s, the principal of equal and indivisible security in the OSCE area. The west have constructed it's policy on the basis of the principal of if you are not with us you are against us. And they proceeded with a headless expansion of NATO to the east provoking instability in the post-Soviet are and fostered anti-Russian sentiments." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): "Despite the attempts through the Normandy format and the contact group, the authorities in Kiev are coming up with new ploys so as not to implement there under the Minsk complex of measures of 12 February 2015 which was approved by the Security Council of the UN, but even under these conditions we are working constructively at finding mutually acceptable ways of implementing the Minsk agreements. Reacting to the concerns expressed as regards to the state of play in the area of security, President Putin launched the initiative to have a UN mission to help protect OSCE observers in Donbass." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): "Despite the fact that ISIL is in retreat in Syria and Iraq, we need top make quite a few additional efforts to stabilise the region. Let me recall the need to combat not just ISIL, but also al-Nusra, which for some reason is being spared by members of the American coalition. The development of the situation in Syria is such that it gives rise to guarded optimism on our part. On the 14 and 15 of September there was a sixth international meeting on Syria in Astana and there we formalised the de-escalation areas and the agreements that were reached with the participation of Russia, Iran, Turkey, US, Jordan and UN with the support of many other countries."

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): "The instances of the use of chemical weapons in the region, all need to be investigated honestly and profesionally, without attempts to manipulate OPCW and the joint investigative mechanism."

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): "Unfortunately the arsenal of many western states have not diplomacy by rough pressure. Using unilateral sanctions above the sanctions which are being imposed by the UN Security Council is illegitimate and undermines the collective efforts of international efforts. Everyone is witnessing with alarm today all the new unilateral restrictions of the US against Iran, they happen to be also extraterritorial in nature and they threaten the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action which became one of the more important factors of regional and international stability." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): "We are witnessing also very dangerous confrontations spiral around the DPRK, we resolutely condemn Pyongyang's nuclear missile adventures in violation of the UN Security Council's resolutions. But military hysteria is not just an impasse, it is a disaster. All of the Securtiy Council Resolutions have to be implemented, there is not dispute. But all of them, and all of the sanctions, have provisions on the need to go back to negotiations."

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