Putin defends Russia’s “sovereign course” ahead of UN General Assembly

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia will continue its “sovereign course” on the international stage, ahead of the United Nations General Assembly.

After two years of pandemic-related restrictions and video speeches, the annual summit returns in person on Tuesday, with the United Nations once again asking leaders to come in person if they wish to speak – with the exception of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“As for Russia, we will not deviate from the path of our sovereignty,” the Russian leader said in televised remarks on Tuesday.

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He said that Russia, as a permanent member of the Security Council, will work for unity, help address global problems and “contribute to the settlement of acute regional conflicts.”

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, will address the General Assembly this year.

Putin, during a televised meeting with newly appointed foreign ambassadors in Moscow, warned that the US’s role abroad impedes global development.

He said in a vague reference to the West and the United States.

“This hegemonic power has been working well for a long time, but it cannot continue like this forever, it is impossible,” said the Russian president.

The first day of the General Assembly will be hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, leaders of the European Union’s two largest economies, who have mobilized to impose tough sanctions on what Russia calls its own military operation in Ukraine.

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