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    INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS LIVE THROUGH TRANSITIONAL PERIOD

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    MOSCOW, May 23 (RIA Novosti) - The system of international relations is living through a transitional period, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said as he spoke at the third convention of the Russian Association of International Studies (RAMI).

    "There is no clear approach to a number of fundamental problems the world has been facing of late. What are the appropriate ways to ensure international security, with international terrorism, organized crime, drug trafficking and environment degradation and other problems coming to the foreground? What is the way to ensure multilateral approaches to international problems?" asked Mr Lavrov.

    "We are working out strategies against the background of utter uncertainty, which inevitably affects our efforts in this sphere," said the minister.

    "Globalization and related challenges, like the growing interdependence of states, new international and national security threats, the growing number of religious conflicts are emerging as a serious test of the available cooperation arrangements and countries themselves," emphasized Mr Lavrov.

    These hamper the development of long-term concepts and doctrines in foreign policy, according to Mr Lavrov.

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