World powers should derive lessons from WWI history and renounce the concept of their own exceptionality in attaining their foreign political ends, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.
"It is wrong to be guided by goals of promoting opportunistic interests, impose your exceptionality on the rest of the world, and be unscrupulous about means for attaining your ends," Lavrov said at a conference dealing with WWI and fates of Russian compatriots.
"WWI history contains a lot of lessons relevant nowadays as well. Among them is the importance of state wisdom in making foreign political decisions," Lavrov said.
The Russian foreign minister called for "developing comprehensive approaches toward overcoming conflicts and looking for answers to global challenges and threats common for everyone."
Just as it did before WWII, Russia still favors a peaceful settlement of any disagreements on the international arena, he said.
"Russia didn't want war and sought to keep other powers from a fateful step. Just like today, our country then favored strong and trusting relations between states and a peaceful and bloodless resolution of conflicts. But we were not heard, and the war parties got the upper hand," Lavrov said.
The minister also pointed out that the 70th anniversary of the victory in WWII will be celebrated in 2015.
"Together with organizations of compatriots, we will have to continue our efforts to commemorate the dead, preserve historical truth, and oppose the glorification of Nazism and the revision of the WWII outcomes. History lessons require uncompromising struggle against any manifestations of racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia, aggressive nationalism and chauvinism," Lavrov said.
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