Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s greetings to the Participants of the 13th Annual Session of the WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”

October 9, 2015

I offer my warmest greetings to the participants of this year’s session of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”.

Today, as we are seeing profound changes associated with the formation of a polycentric world order, understanding key trends in global development and searching for effective responses to common challenges are particularly important. Your forum makes a noteworthy contribution to this work, as it has established itself as a popular discussion platform that gathers distinguished participants.

To effectively address the multiple threats that we face today, including the unprecedented surge of terrorism and extremism in the Middle East and North Africa, we absolutely must work together, building upon the principles of international law and the potential of the UN, a universal authority meant to maintain global peace and security and coordinate the efforts of the international community. The promotion of dubious geopolitical projects, plotting "color revolutions," the export of democracy, and imposing on other nations certain reform recipes that are alien to them, mainly by force, will do nothing but expand chaos and boost tensions.

We consistently advocate the idea that the bright future and prosperity of mankind are impossible to achieve without recognising the modern world’s diversity; without a partnership among leading world cultures, religions and civilizations. As President Vladimir Putin said during his speech at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, we are all different and we should respect that. We will continue working to ensure each nation’s freedom of choice and to combine our efforts in our search for joint responses to common challenges.

I wish you a fruitful discussion and all the best.

Sergey Lavrov

Moscow, October 9, 2015