International security and disarmament

To the Participants of the CD informal session Dedicated to the 110th Anniversary of the Second Hague Peace Conference

I would like to extend my warm greetings to the participants of the CD thematic meeting dedicated to the anniversary of the Second Hague Peace Conference. The Hague Conference, convened in 1907 on the initiative of Russia with representatives of 44 States in attendance, made an invaluable contribution to the establishment of the modern system of international law. Thanks to the willingness to reach compromise the diplomats managed to carry out a large-scale codification of the laws and customs of war. The resulting documents of the Conference became the first attempt to restrict the right to war, an important step towards securing a principle of peaceful settlement of disputes in international law. With the exception of one Convention, all of them are still in force and play a significant role in the contemporary interaction between States. As 110 years ago, Russia remains deeply committed to the course of developing viable and efficient multilateral agreements, including those in the field of arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation. In recent years together with the like-minded States we came up with a variety of initiatives aimed at preventing an arms race in outer space, strengthening the regime of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, elaborating an international convention on the suppression of acts of chemical and biological terrorism. We note with satisfaction that they are enjoying wide international support.

Practical Steps of the Russian Federation towards Nuclear Disarmament

2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. New York, April 27 – May 22, 2015

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comment for the media on talks between the P5+1 international mediators and Iran, Lausanne, March 31, 2015

One more very important day of the ministerial negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme is over. We can say with a large degree of confidence that framework agreements have been reached on all the key aspects of this issue at the ministerial level, and we hope that these agreements will be put on paper in the next few hours or a day at the most. A corresponding instruction has been issued to the experts. The agreement stipulates a comprehensive approach to settling this issue, including IAEA verification of the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme and detailed provisions on lifting the sanctions.

Statement by H.E. Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation at the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva, March 2, 2015

First of all, thank you for the invitation, which provides me with an opportunity to address this forum once again. The last time I delivered my remarks here was four years ago, back in March 2011. Since then, threats related to international security have been accumulating and deep-running crises that are spanning countries, as well as regions have emerged. I’m saying this not to feed alarmism, but only to stress that it is in these kinds of turning periods that constructive, equal and multilateral cooperation is especially relevant for working out mutually acceptable approaches based on balanced interests, not the ambitions of those who view the whole world through the prism of their exceptionality.


One of key factors that affect international security and stability is the intention of the US and its allies to build a global anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defense and its regional segments without taking into account interests and concerns of other states. Its negative influence is enhanced with every new American ABM base, appearing in different regions of the world.

Joint Statement by interested States in Support of the CD delivered at the 1st Comittee of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly (Geneva, 21 January 2015)

Recalling the Joint Statements delivered by the like-minded States in the First Committee of the 67th and 68th sessions of the UN General Assembly, we reaffirm our commitment to the resumption of negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament without further delay.

Statement by the Russian delegation at the meeting of experts of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

Statement by the Russian delegation at the meeting of experts of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Geneva, 4 August 2014 Mr Chairman, We welcome you on your assumption of the...

About Fourth P5 Conference

The Fourth P5 Conference will take place In Geneva on April 18-19, 2013 in the wake of the 2009 London, 2011 Paris and 2012 Washington P5 conferences. The Conference will be conducted under the chairmanship of the Russian Federation.

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