24 Feb 2022 18:03

Russia always prepared for dialogue that should bring back justice, UN Charter principles - Lavrov

MOSCOW. Feb 24 (Interfax) - Russia is taking measures announced by the president to guarantee its security and is always open to dialogue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

In opening negotiations with Pakistani Foreign Minister Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday, Lavrov said President Vladimir Putin had made a statement earlier in the day "in connection with NATO's actions and an announcement that now they are not limited to the territories of its member states but claim a broader scope."

"We have had tense and detailed discussions with our American counterparts and other NATO members. We hope there is still a chance to return to international law and international obligations. And as we are taking measures declared by the president to ensure the security of the country and the Russian people, we will definitely always be prepared for a dialogue that should bring us back to justice and the UN Charter principles," the Russian Foreign Ministry quoted Lavrov as saying.

The statement did not specify when the talks with U.S. and NATO mentioned by Lavrov took place.

Russia and Pakistan are developing their relations "on a solid, mutually beneficial, and respectful basis," he said.

"All countries should closely communicate between themselves precisely this way, in line with the UN Charter. Unfortunately, our Western friends don't respect international law, trying to ruin it and promote what they call rule-based order," he said.