Website of the Russian Foreign Ministry published Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers during a video lecture at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Speaking about the coronavirus, Lavrov noted “dramatic changes that have swept across the global geopolitical landscape and have affected numerous aspects of interstate relations and international affairs.”
“The global economy has suffered a strong blow,” he said. “According to most expert forecasts, the road to recovery will be long. Of course, all contacts between people, including humanitarian, educational, scientific and tourist exchanges, have been cancelled for the most part. Unfortunately, diplomatic opportunities have also narrowed.”
According to the Minister, “We still do not fully understand the impact, but perhaps we can draw some conclusions at this stage already. The main conclusion is that the crisis has clearly shown how interconnected and interdependent all countries and all areas of life are in today’s world, without exception.”