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Statement by the Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation, Director of the Foreign Ministry Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control Vladimir Ermakov at the General Debate in the First Committee of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, New York, October 9, 2020

Mr. Chair, First of all, I would like to congratulate you with the election to such a high position in the UN anniversary benchmark year. We wish you success in organizing the work of the current difficult in every respect session of the UN GA First Committee when we all have to work in extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and related unprecedented restrictions on the activities of the delegations at the UN Headquarters. You can rely on constructive cooperation of the Russian Federation.

The State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted a statement on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations

On Tuesday, September 15, members of the State Duma at the plenary meeting adopted a statement ”On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations.“ It underlines that the deputies ”have consistently supported actions aimed at strengthening the coordinating role of the UN in international affairs and ensuring equal cooperation between states within the framework of this universal Organization.“

STATEMENT of the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva G.GATILOV at the 7th Meeting of Friends of UNITAR (Geneva, September 2, 2020)

Dear Mr. Executive Director, Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends, I would like to thank UNITAR for organizing this event which has already become a good tradition uniting donors, partners and the professional team of the Institute. The specific figures and indicators recently achieved by UNITAR, namely the rising number of UNITAR’s beneficiaries and new programmes and partnerships, clearly show that the pace set by the Institute’s leadership a couple of years ago is gaining new momentum. For us it is crucial that the Institute's activities are mostly focused on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We consider the Sustainable Development Goals as a consolidating factor that allows us to unite the efforts of the international community and mobilize additional resources necessary to effectively counter new challenges in the economic, social and environmental spheres.

Statement by President of Russia Vladimir Putin on Russia’s proposal to convene meeting of heads of state of UN Security Council permanent members with participation of heads of Germany and Iran

Debates around the Iranian issue within the UN Security Council are becoming increasingly strained. Tensions are running high. Iran faces groundless accusations. Resolutions are being drafted with a view to dismantling decisions that had been unanimously adopted by the Security Council. Russia maintains its unwavering commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear programme. Its approval in 2015 was a landmark political and diplomatic achievement that helped fend off the threat of an armed conflict and reinforced nuclear non-proliferation. In 2019, Russia presented an updated version of its Collective Security Concept for the Persian Gulf Region, outlining concrete and effective paths to unravelling the tangle of concerns in this region. We strongly believe that these problems can be overcome if we treat each other’s positions with due attention and responsibility, while acting respectfully and in a collective spirit.

International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2020”

In accordance with decree of the Russian Government No. 1606-p dated 19 July 2019 and decision of the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation the 6th International Military-Technical Forum "Army-2020" will be held from 23 till 29 of August, 2020. The main events of the Forum, according to tradition, will be held at the Patriot Expo and at the following demonstration clusters: Kubinka Air Base, Komsomolskoye Lake and Alabino Military Training Grounds. Forum “ARMY-2020” will also be held in all military districts and at the Northern Fleet. The large-scale Congress Program of Forum «ARMY2020» will include more than 150 events of various formats in accordance with the main thematic profiles of the Forum. Traditionally the demonstration program of the Forum will be an incredibly-spectacular event showcasing the power of Russian weapons and military equipment. A distinctive feature of the Forum in 2020 will be the fact that this Forum will be held jointly with the Sixth International Army Games. The simultaneous start of two major events will allow to further expand the geography of the Forum and additionally involve in its participation the representatives of foreign defence departments.