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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.

Statement of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on the Situation with Regard to Russia's Participation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Members of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation state that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), by adopting a number of decisions to limit the credentials of the Russian delegation in PACE at its previous sessions, deviated from the basic principles of democracy and violated one of the fundamental principles of international law – the principle of sovereign equality of States.

Depositing the instrument of ratification by the Russian Federation of the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention of 1930

On 17 January 2019 H.E.Ambassador Gennady Gatilov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva deposited to Mr.Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization the instrument of ratification by the Russian Federation of the 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention of 1930.

Russian humanitarian convoy for South-East of Ukraine

On 20 December 2018 the Russian Federation sent the 84th humanitarian convoy for the people of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine. The convoy of EMERCOM Russia delivered more than 450 tonnes of humanitarian aid, including foodstuff for children, medicines, medical equipment and New Year’s gifts. The humanitarian aid by the Russian Federation is being delivered to Donbass since August 2014. During this period convoys of EMERCOM Russia delivered more than 85 thousand tonnes of the humanitarian aid to the people in need.