Russia says FM Lavrov will speak at UN General Assembly's General Debate

Russia's Foreign Ministry says Sergey Lavrov, the country's foreign minister, will speak during the General Debate of the UN General Assembly, which starts on September 19.

The ministry made the announcement on Saturday.

It noted that Russia will work with countries from the Global South to try to build a fair and polycentric world order and counter neo-colonialism.

The ministry stressed that Russia intends to use diplomacy to counter Western nations at the United Nations. It noted that the UN platform has "turned into an arena for the West's unscrupulous methods." It added, "The attempts to push counterproductive politicized decisions in the interest of a narrow group of states, to stop or restrain participation of governments 'undesirable' for the West, in UN structures are apparent."

Albania's UN Ambassador Ferit Hoxha spoke with reporters on Friday. He said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to attend meetings of the UN General Assembly and Security Council in person. Those conferences will be held later this month.
Albania currently holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council.