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Lavrov: Nuclear Risks Are Increasing

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned, today, that the risk of a global nuclear confrontation has increased significantly. He stressed that global security had deteriorated because Washington is dismantling the global arms control system. “I agree that nuclear risks have recently increased substantially, that the security situation, international strategic stability are openly deteriorating,” he said during an online session entitled “Russia and the Post-World” at the international forum “Primakov Readings.” “The reasons are also obvious to everyone: the US wants to regain global dominance and achieve victory in what they call the rivalry of the great powers.”

Lavrov also said the methods Washington is using to force Beijing into strategic stability talks are less than polite. “There are very, very worrying signs that, despite these signs of hope which must be cherished, US officials are increasingly making it personal, and in a very harsh form. This shows a high level of tension from both sides. And this high level is very worrying,” he said. Lavrov expressed hope that “common sense will prevail and this will not reach the point of no return.” However, he expressed the Russian view that the destiny of the New START treaty is now clear: “Washington has decided not to extend it,” he said.

Russian ambassador to the U.N. Vassily Nebenzia echoed Larvov’s view, saying yesterday that  the June 22 talks in Vienna between U.S. envoy Marshall Billingslea and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov “could not give rise to optimism that the treaty would be extended, although some agreements were reached there to continue dialogue on various aspects of those issues in several working groups,” reported TASS.

Nebenzia pointed out that the United States has already steered the course towards dismantling the arms control system, which was created throughout decades and served as the foundation for strategic stability. “It is evident that there are two aspects – domestic politics and the aspiration to have a free hand so as to try to project their might all over the world. The United States has pulled out of many things in recent years, doing so consistently and purposefully,” the diplomat stressed.

Coronavirus Petition: For Global Health Infrastructure

We, the undersigned, support Schiller Institute Founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s call for global health and economic infrastructure to address the coronavirus pandemic and the conditions of underdevelopment (both economic and scientific) that caused us to be vulnerable to it.

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The coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world — and the economic effects of the health measures taken to crush it — reveal the inexcusable lack of development of the human species, and demand a global approach to curing, not only the coronavirus presently menacing us, but that underdevelopment that leaves us susceptible to the pandemic’s taking a terrible toll.

When health systems even in developed regions, such as Northern Italy, have been filled beyond capacity, what is the outlook for less developed nations that have an immense shortage of health infrastructure and lack secure access to clean water, sanitation, and nutritious food? How can a person who relies on daily income to support the family remain at home for weeks on end? How can people without clean water practice good hand hygiene? If no ICU beds are available, can doctors save the life of a victim of severe Covid-19 symptoms?

While the acute suffering from the coronavirus claims our attention, what of the 800,000 children under the age of 5 who die from diarrheal diseases every year? How can the health of the hundreds of millions of people currently afflicted with food insecurity be ensured?

We call for a global health infrastructure, in its fullest sense. The world requires more hospitals, new ICU beds, additional ventilators, many more trained physicians, increased manufacturing capacity for PPE, and orders of magnitude more testing equipment than existed at the beginning of this outbreak. But it also needs much more. Poverty, malnutrition, lack of access to improved water and sanitation — these are health issues too. Our shared dignity as members of the human race calls upon us to cooperate in eliminating poverty, through development. The entire world must be made safe from diseases that threaten us all.

Barriers to the cooperation of the United States, China, Russia, and India must be overcome to ensure that the world is never again terrorized by such a threat.

To make all of this possible requires a New Bretton Woods — international agreements on economic development in the model of Franklin Roosevelt’s outlook at the end of World War II, as advanced by the studies and proposals of Lyndon LaRouche.

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For more detail on the Schiller Institute’s proposals, see
“LaRouche’s ‘Apollo Mission’ to Defeat the Pandemic: Build a World Health System Now!”

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