Lavrov calls for ‘post-west world order’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference, February 2017, (c) Munich Security Conference photo

Speaking to world leaders at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Nato of sparking tensions in Europe with its expansionist policies and called for a “post-west world order”.

The influential politician said he hoped “responsible world leaders” will choose to create a “just world order – if you want you can call it a post-West world order”.

Earlier, US Vice President Mike Pence had told delegates at the annual conference that the US would “hold Russia accountable” on issues such as Ukraine and Syria.

Pence also pledged his country’s “unwavering commitment” to Nato after Trump had called the alliance obsolete and threatened to cut US funding.