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UN is Victim to Global Crisis, But Still Embodies Multilateralism: Russia's Ambassador to UN

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UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The UN takes a loss from the current geopolitical crisis but it undoubtedly represents individual countries worldwide through its Charter and embodies multilateralism, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia told Sputnik.
"The UN is to some extent a victim of the kind of global crisis in international relations that we are witnessing today. But the fact that we live in a UN-centric model of the world, and the UN, through its Charter, embodies this multilateralism, is something we do not doubt," Nebenzia said.
Nebenzia recalled the words of former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabious who said that the world we have today has more and more multipolarity, but less and less multilateralism.

The ambassador spoke about "false multilateralism", in which countries create non-inclusive formats, make decisions, and then try to apply them universally onto everyone.

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Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who was at the UN presiding over Security Council meetings, discussed with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres the importance of further strengthening the central coordinating role of the UN in global politics and promoting "true" multilateralism based on fundamental international legal norms, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Lavrov during remarks at the UN said a multilateral approach is required to resolve the crisis in the Middle East instead of what he called the "destructive" one-sided actions of the US and EU.

US Dollar Cannot Be Reliable Global Currency if Used as Coercive Measure

The world community cannot have the American dollar as the only currency because the US uses it as a weapon, Nebenzia told Sputnik.
"The process of switching to local currencies in mutual settlements reflects the desire of countries to get rid of dollar dependence. Especially since you heard from [Lavrov] at a press conference that the Americans said that the dollar is the common property of the whole world, and then they took and turned off the switch, introducing a variety of coercive measures not only against us," Nebenzia said. "Therefore, of course, under these conditions we cannot rely on the dollar as a world currency."

Russia Diplomats Easily Overcome Pressure Despite Int'l Environment

Russia took over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of April.
The Russian presidency of the UNSC was overshadowed by delays in the issuance of visas to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his press pool by the US, which is home to the permanent UN headquarters. This led the top Russian diplomat to suggest that the UN headquarters be relocated from New York.
Nebenzia said that the Russian mission has succeeded in everything they planned despite efforts of some countries to accuse Russia of allegedly "abusing the presidency."

"We deal with the pressure easily. We have about 1,001 ways to do it," Nebenzia said when asked about the pressure on the Russian mission at the UN.

Nebenzia also told Sputnik what has changed in New York since his last mission in 1996-2000.

"New York has become better and cleaner if we are talking about its appearance. But, of course, it is far from Moscow," the diplomat said, adding that his foreign colleagues do not believe his words, so he invites them to Moscow "to come and see with their own eyes."