Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s article for Chinese newspaper Global Times was published at the Foreign Ministry’s website.
“Achievements in the fields of technology, information and transport have globalized people intellectually and even physically,” it says. Yet “The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus changed life on the planet virtually overnight. The obvious consequences include an economic recession, a crisis of global governance and the growth of protectionist and isolationist sentiments.”
“By striking individual people, the virus is also affecting the collective economic system. Business slowdown and the disruption of global production chains have become a real shock for the global economy,” Lavrov writes, noting that “Self-sufficient countries with established mobilization mechanisms, clear national interests and distinct values have turned out to be more resistant to stress.”