Speaking on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Yalta Conference, held in February 1945, Russian State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin has called on political leaders of the 21st century not to wait for new conflicts in order to reach a mutual understanding on key geopolitical issues.
"[At the 1945 Yalta Conference] the leaders of major states demonstrated their readiness for dialogue and their ability to hold this dialogue despite differences in their political views and the competition of their national tasks. They sought to reach an agreement on key issues and a compromise on other matters," Naryshkin said, opening an international conference in Yalta on Thursday.
"At that time, the nations managed to close the ranks and form an anti-Hitler coalition in order to stop the aggressor and guarantee a lasting peace," he said.
"Do the political leaders of the 21st century also need to wait for a common tragedy in order to recall the value of negotiations and the possibilities of diplomacy?" Naryshkin said.
"We have it in our power to safeguard peace on our planet, and we have to do it without waiting for new conflicts putting all of us on the verge of catastrophe," the Russian parliamentarian said.
Russia has always supported the need to maintain and further bolster the central role of the United Nations and its Security Council, he said.
"We remember the lessons of two global wars of the past century and clearly understand the positive experience of international policy of those years, including the results of the 1945 Yalta Conference," Naryshkin said.
Ironically, a whole number of international organizations, including parliamentary structures, failed to take steps to protect their voters, peace and security, he said.
The January session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe proved this once again, he said.
"Unlike the events that happened 70 years ago, European politicians are now concentrating their collective efforts on the destruction of the pan-European system of trust. It is not a simple substitution of international law norms. Rather, these norms are being deliberately replaced by double standards," Naryshkin said, referring to PACE's resolution on Russia.
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