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MANY PEOPLE still wonder why Angela Merkel performed her "U-turn over the Atlantic" toward Washington. Indeed, there should be reasons which forced her to abandon the eastern political vector in favor of a center of power which, while retaining appearances, is losing real instruments of global governance.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to our annual meeting on Russia’s diplomatic performance.

The situation last year was more complicated than previously, as new dangerous seats of tensions complemented several smouldering

Question: The year is drawing to a close. It’s been a critical, difficult and complicated year. What are our main achievements on the international front? What has our country accomplished?

Sergey Lavrov: Speaking about achievements – though we usually assess our work in terms of effectiveness, not successes – I would single out the fact that we have managed to draw attention to the need to build a new multilateral and multipolar international system. The idea is not so new: its foundations are enshrined in the UN Charter, which sets down the principle of consensus among the leading states within the Security Council (I mean its permanent members) and collective security, i.e. collective efforts to overcome any risks and threats facing the whole humankind.

The last months of 2014 were marked by a series of significant bilateral agreements and summits involving Russia, India and China. According to many international analysts, the research of better relations with the two Asian giants by Moscow represents another further step