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Russia stood committed to the new 2030 Development Agenda, Lavrov.

NEW YORK (CyHAN)- In his address to the General Assembly on Saturday (Sept 27), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country stood committed to the new 2030 Development Agenda but that "coercive measures" imposed in violation of the UN Charter were going in direct contradiction to its aims.

World leaders adopted on Friday (Sept 25) a 15-year global plan of action to end poverty, reduce inequalities and protect the environment, known as the Sustainable Development Goals, at the opening of a United Nations special summit.

Lavrov said that guided by the principles of solidarity, Russia welcomed the new development framework and that his country was "ready to actively support its successful implementation at all levels."

Russia said poverty eradication was at the core of its policies in the area of international development, and announced that "under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC), our country has written off over 20 billion US dollars of the principal debt owed by African countries alone."

The Foreign Minister said Russia was committed to creating a more equitable economic order, and stressed the importance of reforming governance structures, "in particular of the IMF and the World Bank, by strengthening the positions of developing countries."

He also reiterated Russia's stance towards consolidating regional cooperation and said that with regards to the recently established Eurasian Economic Union, comprising Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the Russian Federation, his country stood "for the harmonisation of the various integration mechanisms both in the East and in the West."

He concluded his speech by saying that "unilateral coercive measures that are imposed in violation of the UN Charter," were in contradiction with the achievements set out by the Sustainable Development Goals.

He added, "such illegitimate restrictive actions that also undermine market principles in trade, finance, technology and investment should be discontinued. This fully applies to lifting the embargo against Cuba, as well as to other sanctions which bypassed the UN Security Council."

On September 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin will also address the 70th session of the General Assembly, the first time he attends the even in more than a decade.

STORY: UN / SDG RUSSIA

TRT: 01:57

SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV

RESTRICTIONS: NONE

LANGUAGE: RUSSIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 27 SEPTEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

27 SEPTEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov walking to podium

3. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister:

"Russia welcomes the adoption of the new 2030 Agenda for Development. We stand ready to actively support its successful implementation at all levels."

4. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister:

"Poverty eradication is the key objective of Russia's state policy in the area of international development assistance at the global level. Debt relief is one of the effective instruments in this regard. Under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC), our country has written off over 20 billion US dollars of the principal debt owed by African countries alone."

5. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister:

"We call for more consistent efforts to reform the governance structures, in particular of the IMF and the World Bank, by strengthening the positions of developing countries."

6. Med shot, diplomats listening to address

7. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister:

"Russia remains committed to consolidating regional cooperation, including integration in the Eurasian space. The recently established Eurasian Economic Union is becoming an important factor for facilitating strong, sustained and long-term economic growth in the participating countries. While developing this Union we always stand for the harmonisation of the various integration mechanisms both in the East and in the West."

8. Med shot, diplomats listening to address

9. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister:

"Unilateral coercive measures that are imposed in violation of the UN Charter go in direct contradiction with the achievements of the sustainable development goals. Such illegitimate restrictive actions that also undermine market principles in trade, finance, technology and investment should be discontinued. This fully applies to lifting the embargo against Cuba, as well as to other sanctions which bypassed the UN Security Council."

10. Med shot, Russian delegation applauding

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