Statments and Speeches

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.

Comment by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov in Ankara, Moscow, December 19, 2016

This is a terrible tragedy. We are grateful to the Russians who have brought flowers at this time of night. I have received many telephone calls and internet messages. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova has also received numerous messages of condolence from Russians and requests to convey their sincere condolences to the family on the heinous murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov. President of Russia Vladimir Putin has just had a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish leader telephoned to express his heartfelt condolences on this tragedy. The presidents have agreed to conduct a joint investigation into this barbaric crime. A special investigative group will go to Turkey tomorrow to join their Turkish colleagues in investigating this crime. Our main goal is to learn who stands behind this crime. As President Putin said in a telephone conversation with President Erdogan and in his televised address, we are convinced that the main objective of those who organised this barbaric crime is to hinder the normalisation of relations between Russia and Turkey in order to undermine the effective struggle against terrorism in Syria. It is a futile attempt that will not succeed.

Comment by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva on the implementation of the Russia-US agreements on Syria

he public sphere is recently actively used to force Anti-Russian rhetoric in the context of the Syrian crisis. There are attempts to diminish Russia’s role and depict our country as the prime cause of all the troubles in Syria. It is speculated that Moscow counts on the military solution of the conflict. The aim of this campaign is simple – to conceal the true culprits of the failure of the CoH in Syria and disguise the true causes of the non-fulfillment of the Russia-US agreements. The Russian Federation made a thorough fact-based comparative analysis of implementation of the Russia-US agreements. It includes all aspects such as compliance with and monitoring of CoH, granting of humanitarian access to besieged areas, joint fight against terrorism. The conducted analysis clearly shows that Russia has responsibly fulfilled all of its obligations within the agreements in a timely manner. Here are some examples. Russia guaranteed the implementation of the CoH by the Syrian government. The US on the other hand were not capable to insure the implementation of the CoH by the armed groups. From February to September the opposition groups that are supposed to be under the US control committed 2,031 violations of the CoH, which claimed lives of 3,532 military personnel and 12,800 civilians. Furthermore, the US failed to fulfill their February promise to separate Al-Nusra Front from “moderate” opposition. Russia on the other hand since March has been prepared to transfer to Washington the maps showing the zones where according to our data the terrorists are holding territory. In the list of groups that confirmed their commitment to the CoH presented by Washington 2 belong to ISIS and 8 to the Al-Nusra Front. The American list is discredited by the inclusion of cutthroats from Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki. Besides the US probably didn’t receive any written guaranties to respect the CoH from the groups they allegedly control.

Speech by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Disarmament Conference, Geneva, March 1, 2016

Russia invariably pays significant attention to its participation in the work of the Conference on Disarmament (CD), considering it as a unique platform for dialogue and negotiations on a broad range of topical issues related to arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation.

World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultations Remarks by Mr. Alexander Alimov Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia

The main reason for the dramatic and unprecedented increase in demand for humanitarian assistance and the growing gap between the needs and available resources – is a major surge in conflicts and long-running and protracted crises, leading to insecurity, loss of livelihoods, massive displacement. Out of 12 billion US dollars mobilized so far this year only 600 million – or 5 per cent - were to be spent on response to natural disasters. Therefore, the political settlement and prevention of the conflicts should be recognized as the key factor of reducing pressure on the international humanitarian system and making it sustainable and not stretched over the limits. The Summit should become a venue to send the strongest possible message for the termination of violence and the end to conflicts. Our “reinvigorated commitment to humanity” should start from this call followed appropriate actions.
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