The novel coronavirus spread rapidly in a matter of days and changed the rhythm of life on earth, testing the firmness of international relations in the broadest sense, both at the level of individual nations and at the level of multilateral alliances.
The obvious consequences include a recession, a crisis in global governance and an increase in protectionist and isolationist sentiment.
Cultural, cultural and tourist exchanges, as well as the general interaction between people, have been severely restricted.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Of course, after the crisis has been overcome, as it must be, we must take a holistic, comprehensive assessment of the world’s capacity to maintain stability in the face of similar challenges in the future, and develop a common approach to these challenges.
But perhaps we can draw some conclusions at this stage.
Pandemics are not a new phenomenon in human history.
But what is unique about the current pandemic is that it has developed in an unprecedented context of interconnectedness and interdependence among people, countries and continents.
Advances in technology, information and transport have made mankind more “global” both intellectually and physically.
As a result, most of the problems of today’s world will sooner or later become universal, or at least have a broad international dimension.
We have long warned that the dangers of many transnational threats — from terrorism to cybercrime — must not be underestimated.
Similarly, it is no longer possible to hide in “safe havens”, to surround yourself with trenches and fences, and to rely on others to solve your own problems.
The “viral effect” is also clear proof of this.
The pandemic is once again a reminder of humility — that in the face of catastrophe, all nations and individuals, regardless of geography, material wealth or political ambition, are equal.
The covid-19 crisis has truly erased all whimsical and superficial things, and vividly demonstrated the enduring value of human life.
Not everyone is ready for the test.
Even now, at a time when global challenges seem to be bringing people together, or at least forcing them to forget their contradictions for a while, some want to retake the means of plunder.
Not everyone can resist the temptation to be selfish.
Others are trying to take advantage of the situation by playing “real estate barons”, pursuing narrow, selfish interests and retaliating against geopolitical rivals.
Once in such a “nutritional environment”, the virus will accelerate the negative trend that has been formed, intensify the accumulated contradictions and differences, and intensify the unfair competition.
Thus, to the inevitable natural consequences of the spread of the virus have been added some “man-made” results, caused by the idea that man (or rather part of him) cannot give up even in the event of a common catastrophe.
However, in order to overcome the obvious objective consequences that have now been created, we need to be more united than ever and to pool our strength and resources.
Admittedly, the pandemic has shown us some examples of humanitarian lapses.
It may be chaos in the face of a spreading threat.
But the absence seems to have taken root, as I have already pointed out, in some countries and in their ruling elites because of a self-interest that simply cannot be cured.
Instead of rallying forces and striving for mutual understanding, we see those who are used to claiming (or proclaiming) that they are moral leaders and have a rich democratic tradition. Instead, they set aside the minimum rules of etiquette and ethics and start acting in accordance with the law of the jungle.
For example, blaming China for the spread of the epidemic, or vilifying Russia because we responded to requests for assistance from countries and governments.
They have even taken the liberty of making absurd allegations against our country that we are using humanitarian and medical assistance in order to “strengthen geopolitical influence”.
Despite the severity of the current outbreak, it has issued an insulting ban on seeking medical and humanitarian assistance from Russia, which violates basic diplomatic norms.
The notorious “euro-atlantic solidarity” proved more expensive than the lives and health of thousands of ordinary people.
If not politicizing humanitarian issues, and intended use of flu pandemic punishment do not like the government, then how do you explain preached about must respect human rights, a series of western countries, is not willing to give up in the developing countries have adopted the practice of unilateral economic sanctions (at least in the global outbreak situation returns to normal before)?
Indeed, such sanctions, including those assessed by the United Nations, undermine the ability of ordinary people to exercise their social and economic rights, pose serious difficulties to efforts to protect the health of the population and hit the most vulnerable and least protected sectors.
Russia has always resolutely opposed such inhuman practices, which are totally unacceptable at a time of catastrophe for all mankind.
That’s why, at the special g20 leaders’ summit on covid-19 on March 26, President putin proposed an initiative to create a “green corridor” that would not be affected by trade wars and sanctions to provide each other with medicines, food, equipment and technology.
Of course, we also welcome and support the call by UN secretary-general Antonio guterres for an immediate global ceasefire in all parts of the world.
It goes without saying that any ceasefire should not be an excuse to exempt terrorist groups identified by the UN security council from accountability.
It is extremely dangerous to try to exploit the current situation to undermine the fundamental principles of the United Nations.
In order to effectively address the common problems facing mankind, United Nations agencies should remain the main coordinating mechanisms for multilateral cooperation.
For this reason, it is deeply regrettable that the world health organization (who) has been vobviously at the forefront of the fight against covid-19 from the very beginning, helping all countries understand the rapidly changing situation and choose the right way to respond to this threat.
Of course, who, like all other multilateral agencies, should also improve its work and constantly adapt to new circumstances.
This must not be done by undermining the organization, but by maintaining a constructive dialogue among all member states in order to work together from a professional perspective to develop solutions to new challenges.
The pandemic has once again debunked the long-held myth of the “end of history” in the west, an all-powerful ultra-liberal development model based on the principles of individualism and a belief that all problems can only be solved by the market.
This played a cruel trick on its supporters.
However, a self-sufficient country with a complete mobilization mechanism, clearly formed national interests and unique value platform has shown greater resilience to pressure.
Those who go down the road of eroding independence and easily giving up part of their sovereignty are losers.
Today, it is clear to all that the main players on the international stage are still those who stand up for their own interests.
But that doesn’t mean, nor is it meant to mean, that everyone is going to go their separate ways and get into a state of competition.
This should combine many unique potentials to effectively address the key issues of our time.
What is needed is a global concert of diplomatic symphonies, while the United Nations continues to play its central guiding role.
We hope that the current outbreak crisis will help people to realize that the un-centric world order formed as a result of world war ii has stood the test of time, is super resilient and is the only possible option.
The principles enshrined in the charter of the United Nations remain, in today’s circumstances, an unshakable basis for building exchanges between states.
Like any living body, the United Nations needs to make constant, subtle adjustments and, in doing so, better adapt itself to the realities of a multipolar world.
Of course, the potential of global governance mechanisms such as the g20 and the world trade organization should continue to be maximized.
International alliances, initiatives and ideas based on the values of inclusiveness, cooperation and equality have good prospects for development.
Cooperation within the framework of the brics and the Shanghai cooperation organization, which Russia holds the rotating presidency this year, is based on this philosophy and on the principle of respect for culture-civilization and national characteristics and traditions, development paths and models.
In the difficult times the world is going through, a dialogue based on mutual respect is an important “safety net” that can help guide efforts in a constructive direction.
As pointed out at the beginning of this article, when a virus attacks someone, it affects the collective economic architecture.
Stagnation in business activity and disruption in global production chains have had a huge impact on the world economy.
We need to help the world economy weather the storm and work collectively to ensure that it recovers from the crisis.
At the same time, we must not allow economic gloom to undermine international cooperation, deepen the crisis of confidence, or provoke a new round of conflict in international affairs.
Ideally, such a mission should unite us — for the well-being of all peoples, without exception, depends on a successful solution to this task.
Together, we need to find new sources of growth that can help overcome the overall recession.
The integration of the potential of various integration projects implemented in pan-european and Asian space can contribute to this work on a global scale.
That is the purpose of Russian President vladimir putin’s call for a “greater Eurasian partnership” based on international law and transparency and open to all countries on the vast continent, including members of the Eurasian economic union, the Shanghai cooperation organization and the association of southeast Asian nations.
The step-by-step realization of the greater Eurasian partnership will not only actively promote economic connectivity and enhance the competitiveness of all participating countries, but will also serve as a solid basis for building a space of peace and stability from Lisbon to Jakarta.
I believe: if eu countries can join this work, they will also benefit from it.
By participating in common efforts, they will be able to secure their rightful place in a new, more equitable and democratic, multi-centric world order.
It is time for europeans to stop breaking away from their own continents, peeping into the world’s survival landmarks and inviting an external military presence that is not only failing to strengthen their security, but also depriving the eu of the possibility of becoming an independent centre of international influence in a multipolar world.
In any case, it is the choice of the European partners themselves.
Of course, everyone wants to turn the page on covid-19 as soon as possible.
But lessons are inevitable.
And it’s up to each of us to decide if those lessons are right.
Throughout its long history, Russia has repeatedly faced the most dangerous challenges that threaten its survival.
And each time, it not only rose from the ashes and emerged stronger, but it also set an example to other nations of humanity and selflessness.
That is why our country, as an important international centre, exporter and guarantor of security, will continue to advance a constructive and unified agenda and to play a balanced and coordinating role in international affairs.
We are ready to cooperate with all those who are willing to work together on the principle of sincerity, consideration of each other’s interests and concerns.
We start with the indivisibility of all aspects of security, and we stand ready to help other governments, whatever their policies may be.
It’s time to give up conventional thinking based on stereotypes and finally start acting from a moral perspective, after all, our “stake” is a happy future for all of the inhabitants of the earth, our common home.