Russia may soon obtain observer status in the Non-Aligned Movement – Lavrov – Russian politics and diplomacy
BAKOU, May 11 / TASS /. The decision to grant Russia observer status in the Non-Aligned Movement is almost ready and will be taken soon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday after talks with his Azerbaijani counterpart. Jeyhun Bayramov.
“Russia has applied for observer status in the Non-Aligned Movement under the Azerbaijani presidency, this decision is practically ready. It will be taken when possible. We are sincerely grateful to our Azerbaijani friends for this support,” underlined the minister.
Lavrov also stressed that Baku supports every key draft resolution that Russia promotes in the United Nations General Assembly. “In return, we are enthusiastic about the initiatives put forward by Baku. We agreed to deepen coordination in all multilateral institutions, such as the UN, the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States – TASS), the OSCE, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Council of Europe and the ‘Organization for Black Sea Economic Cooperation,’ he concluded.
The Non-Aligned Movement unites countries whose foreign policy is based on the rejection of participation in military and political blocs and on the peaceful coexistence of nations on the principles of independence and equality. The movement has 120 members, while 17 states and 10 international organizations enjoy observer status. In 1970, the guest status was created which gives the right to participate in all meetings and open events of the movement. Russia received the status in 1995.
On October 22, 2020, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin said Moscow would seek observer status.