Putin: Russia will continue its “sovereign course” in the international arena

After two years of pandemic restrictions and video addresses, the annual summit begins Tuesday with leaders in person. The UN has again asked leaders to come if they want to speak, with the only exception being Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“As for Russia, we will not deviate from our sovereign course,” the Russian leader said on television on Tuesday. He said that Russia, as a permanent member of the Security Council, will seek unity, help solve global problems and “contribute to the resolution of acute regional conflicts.”

This year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will deliver the speech at the General Assembly.

During a televised meeting with newly appointed foreign ambassadors in Moscow, V. Putin warned that global development is hindered by the role of the United States abroad.

“Unfortunately, the development of a multipolar world faces resistance from those who try to maintain a hegemon role and control everything in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa,” he said, vaguely referring to the West and the United States. “This hegemon is doing well for quite a long time, but it cannot last forever, it is impossible,” Putin said.

The first day of the General Assembly will be addressed by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the leaders of the European Union’s two strongest economies, which have joined forces to impose tough sanctions over Russia’s so-called special military operation in Ukraine.

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