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Statements by the representatives of the Russian Federation at the 29th Session of the Standing Committee on Programmes and Finance of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) (Geneva, 26-27 October 2021)

Our delegation encourages the allocation of funds for the participation of the IOM in the main UN inter-agency mechanisms. Namely to cover the cost-sharing fees for participating in UNCEB, UNJSPF, ICSC and JIU. We are convinced that IOM shall pursue further integration into the UN system and strongly support the IOM’s membership in the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU). The minor cost-sharing fees related to this membership will be offset by the benefits of the participation in these UN bodies.

Remarks by the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UNOG Mr. Nikita ZHUKOV on the side event in the margins of the 48th session of the Human Rights Council "Baltic States and Ukraine: State policy of discrimination against national minorities"

A wide range of “tools” used to exert pressure on Russian and Russian-language media includes blocking Internet content, banning journalists from entering the country, stripping them – under false pretexts – of their official accreditation, closing bank accounts and so on. Similar developments are taking place in the field of education, where the three States have over many years been conducting a systematic campaign to squeeze out the Russian language. Among the most outrageous manifestations of State policy of discrimination on the basis of linguistic and national characteristics is the persistence of mass statelessness. It is unacceptable when the so-called protection of a state language has to be accompanied by repressions against national minorities.

Statement by Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy on the theme "Strategic stability and the state of armscontrol"

First, as you are all aware, the two leaders decided to extend the New START for full five years without preconditions They also reconfirmed in a Joint Statement that nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought. Moreover, they highlighted the priority to reduce the risk of any armed conflict between our countries. These are very important and long awaited steps by two stewards of the world’s largest nuclear arsenals - the measures that Russia has been consequently and persistently advocating for. I believe that in this context it would be very opportune to mention that Russia and China have also publicly at the highest level pronounced inadmissibility of nuclear war, as well as any armed conflict involving nuclear powers. Now, we believe it is high time for the whole P5 to jointly reiterate this formula. We see it as a conceptually significant political message both to each other and to international community as a whole.

Opening remarks by the Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva H.E. Mr. Gennady GATILOV at the presentation of the film "Geographers to the Great Victory" (8 September 2021)

Today we mark a truly sad anniversary. On this day 80 years ago the Siege of Leningrad began. The 900 days that have become one of the most tragic episodes of the War that brought suffering and grief to every family and home in our country. The siege of Leningrad – it is the frontline just 12 km away, accessible by a city tram, it is death, nightly air raids and bombings and total destruction. It is exhausting hunger and starvation, freezing winters. Loved ones and friends lost. But it also is a remarkable testimony of human spirit, endurance, will to life, unbending fight for the victory. The great city lived and fought despite the most desperate conditions, breaking through with supplies under the bombings along the Road of Life on the ice of Lake Lagoda. The city worked on factories, baked bread while starving, treated the wounded in hospitals, taught in schools, played music, continued scientific research. It was this paramount mobilization of physical forces and spirit that ultimately led to the Victory. In Leningrad and in the War.

Statement by the representative of the Russian Federation at the meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam conventions (BRS) on the BRS Programme of Work and Budget

The Russian delegation would like to emphasize that the interim budget is to be approved for only one year on an exceptional basis due to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. We call for providing comprehensive financial information when considering the draft programme of work and budget of the BRS for 2022-2023 which is to be considered in June 2022 during the face-to-face COPs session. The Russian delegation has no objection to the adoption of the proposed programme of work and budget for 2022, as well the supplementary budget for 2022, to finance the activities carried over from 2020-2021 from savings. Furthermore, all subsequent budgets should, as before, be approved for the biennium during the face-to-face COPs session in order to ensure transparency of the budgetary process and planning efficiency.