9/24, 6:46 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Lavrov: Pandemic increased global tensions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday that many countries are using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse for their behavior towards rivals. Specifically, the minister commented that sanctions should not be used during a global pandemic, especially if they can harm a population's access to medicine or food.

Speaking at a United Nations Security Council meeting, Lavrov said: "The attempts of some states to use the current situation in order to promote mercenary, momentary interests are evident, to settle scores with undesirable governments or geopolitical rivals."

The minister also stated that some states are trying to look for someone abroad to blame for their own internal problems.

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