Russia calls for new post-West world order

Russia calls for new post-West world order
As new tensions between Russia and the US come to the surface, Moscow's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called for a post-West dominated world order.
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18 February, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for an end to a world order dominated by the West and said Moscow wanted to establish a "pragmatic" relationship with the US.

Lavrov was speaking at the Munich Security Conference shortly after US Vice President Mike Pence told the audience Washington remained "unwavering" in its commitment to the US-led NATO military alliance as it faced a more assertive Russia.

Lavrov said that the time when the West called the shots was over and, dismissing NATO as a relic of the Cold War.

"I hope that (the world) will choose a democratic world order - a post-West one - in which each country is defined by its sovereignty," he said.

Lavrov said Moscow wanted to build relations with Washington which would be "pragmatic with mutual respect and acknowledgement of our responsibility for global stability".

The two countries had never been in direct conflict, he said, noting that they were actually close neighbours across the Baring Straits.

Russia wanted to see a "common space of good neighbour relations from Vancouver to Vladivostok," he added.

Pence was in Europe along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and defence chief James Mattis as part of efforts to reassure allies rattled by President Donald Trump's "America First" stance and his calls for improved ties with Russia despite the continuing crisis in Ukraine.

Trump has been dogged by allegations that Russian intelligence sabotaged the campaign of his rival for the presidency Hillary Clinton, and there have been other questions regarding is relationship with Moscow.

However, the resignation of Trump's pro-Moscow national security adviser Michael Flynn has led some analysts to believe the government might take a more cautious approach to Russian President Vladimir Putin's government.