NATO is more like a sect rather than a union of equals: Russian FM spokesperson Zakharova
Published: Oct 19, 2023 05:38 PM
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Photo: Courtesy of the Russian Foreign Ministry

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Photo: Courtesy of the Russian Foreign Ministry

The unipolar world order is being replaced by a multipolar world and Russia and China closely coordinate their efforts on the world stage based on high consonance of their positions on major international issues, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the Global Times in an exclusive interview.

More and more countries are turning toward promoting a more equitable world order based on the sovereign equality of states and the balance of their interests, a world order without a single hegemon or models of development and international cooperation that are being imposed by such, said Zakharova, adding that this means additional opportunities for gaining true sovereignty and freedom and implementing the right to independent and harmonious development.

"Although it will take a long time, such a process is natural and irreversible," said Zakharova.

Zakharova noted that this process is evidenced by the success of the BRICS and G20 summits this year, as well as the holding of the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation this week. Russian President Vladimir Putin is one of the many heads of state that have taken part in the forum.  

"Moscow and Beijing continue to closely coordinate foreign policy efforts in the interests of a more just and democratic world order that is based on cultural and civilizational diversity and validated balance of interests of the members of the world community," Zakharova told the Global Times.

The outspoken spokeswoman slammed the West for being the obstacle of a multipolar world and restraining the development of China and Russia one at a time.

The collective West considers the new world order to be disadvantageous, and Europe and the US want to preserve the status quo and frankly dread the prospect of losing the opportunity to parasitize on the rest of the world, said Zakharova, adding that Western countries have brought confrontation to literally all spheres of interstate communication and the countries of the world's majority have seen the true face of the West in its fierce reaction to the countries' refusal to submit to its hegemony.

Zakharova noted that Russia-China relations are targeted by criticism and biased negative assessments from "ill-wishers" who attempt at all costs to introduce discord into the bilateral cooperation, the tactics of which are "doomed" to fail.

Zakharova advised Western countries to take a closer look at the system of relations in their camp and honestly admit what is more prevailing there - sincere respect and consideration of each other's positions or cheating and abuse. 

"The NATO family, where only the US has the right to vote, is more like a sect rather than a union of equals," said Zakharova.