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Statement by Ms. Valentina Kazakova, Head of the Main Directorate for Migration of the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation, at the High-Level Segment of the 112th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

The Russian Federation congratulates the senior officials and all staff members of the IOM on the anniversary of the foundation of this Organization. For 70 years, the IOM has been promoting humane and orderly migration and supporting millions of people. Its work is an essential part of the integrated effort to regulate migration processes and improve international cooperation in this field. Since its establishment, the IOM has asserted itself as a relevant universal credible organization for migration affairs and has gained the status of a UN-related entity.

Statement by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva Gennady Gatilov during the Webinar "Democracy and human rights: common goals with diversified approaches"

We have decided to focus today’s discussion on what unites all countries, contrary to the modern discourse based on the assumption that each State must copy a number of so-called “old”, “leading” or “real” democracies or other definitions used by those who identify themselves as a model for the rest of the world. Building a real democracy is impossible without cultivating respect for human rights and freedoms in society and establishing an effective system for their promotion and protection. By upholding the fundamental principles of liberty, equality and fraternity, democracy creates an enabling environment for individuals to live freely and autonomously. It institutionally guarantees that the policies and laws created by governments take into account the best interests of people who have entrusted their leaders to govern their States. It is a classical form of the social contract which was first described in Greek and Roman philosophy and then transformed by Rousseau and other famous thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment.

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.