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Statement by the Representative of the Russian Federation at the GFMD Thematic Workshop “Implementation of the Global Compact for Migration at the National Level”

Mr. Chairman, The Russian Federation has supported the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. This compromise document covers many dimensions of international migration, including humanitarian aspects, development issues and human rights. The Global Compact is not a legally binding instrument and does not impose legal or financial obligations on the acceding countries. At the same time, it enables States on the basis of their own national priorities and legislation to address challenges in the field of migration management, sets out specific directions for the approaches towards international migration and shapes universal views on this issue.

Statement by H.E. Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation at the Plenary Session of the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva, March 20, 2019

Distinguished Mr. President, Distinguished Mr. Secretary-General Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, A year has passed since I last addressed this audience. By historical standards, this is a miniscule amount of time. Yet the events that have taken place over the year have brought us to the edge of a new era in arms control. A year ago, you and us still hoped that, by means of constructive dialogue, we altogether could overcome differences, find compromise solutions and give new impetus to the joint effort aimed at strengthening peace and maintaining global stability. But today we face aggressive foreign-policy egocentrism fueled by claims for an exclusive right to determine the "rules" of world order and the destinies of nations, countries and entire regions. We are witnessing more and more attempts to destroy fundamental agreements and reshape the whole multilateral arms control architecture according to own narrow opportunistic interests. In pursuit of dominance the instruments that for decades have been preserving the stability and predictability of international relations are being carelessly taken down.

Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador's G.Gatilov remarks to the conference "Syrian humanitarian file: eyewitness reports"

I thank the speaker for a detailed presentation on the activities of the White Helmets. I would like to emphasize that Maxim Grigoriev does not work for the Russian government, but rather represents Russian civil society The Study of Democracy Foundation - a non-state non-profit institution managed by our speaker has done a great job in unearthing the provocative and criminal activities of the pseudo-humanitarian White Helmets. The footage of interviews with members of this notorious organization, as well as with militants, I think unequivocally shows the true essence of these so-called “humanitarian workers”.

UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION COMMISSION PAYS OUT US$90 MILLION

On January 18, 2019 the United Nations Compensation Commission made available $100 million to the Government of the State of Kuwait towards the Commission’s remaining claim with an outstanding award balance. The United Nations Compensation Commission was established in 1991 in accordance with Security Council resolutions 687 (1991) and 692 (1991) to process claims and pay compensation for losses and damages incurred by individuals, corporations, Governments and international organizations as a direct result of Iraq’s invasion and occupation of Kuwait (2 August 1990 to 2 March 1991). The Commission received approximately 2.7 million claims and concluded its review of all claims in 2005. Approximately $52.4 billion was awarded to over 100 Governments and international organizations for distribution to 1.5 million claims in all claim categories.

Statement of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation regarding Russia's participation in the Parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe

The deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation declare that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) gravely violated the rights of the Russian Federation as a member of the Council of Europe, having deprived the delegation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the opportunity to vote at meetings and participate in the work of PACE governing bodies, to be rapporteurs, to take part in PACE election observation missions, to represent PACE both in the bodies of the Council of Europe and outside the organization.