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The process of signing the Decision on exchange of telemetric information in the framework of the New START has commenced

On April 7 it was signed in Geneva by Amb. R. Wood, the US Commissioner of the Bilateral Consultative Commission under the Treaty. The procedure will be concluded in Moscow where the Decision is to be signed by the Russian Commissioner. Thereafter the Decision is to come into force.

Statement by the Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Dr. Mikhail Murashko at the World Tuberculosis Day 2021 online talkshow, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) 24 March, 2021

Distinguished colleagues! Honorable Dr Tedros! On behalf of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation and on my own behalf, I am pleased to welcome you today. The event takes place in the context of an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All countries and international associations contribute to the global effort to fight it. At this difficult time, I express my gratitude to the medical community for the efforts made to fight the new coronavirus infection and other infectious diseases. One of them is tuberculosis, which annually claims about 1.5 million lives.

Opening remarks by the Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Office and Other International organizations in Geneva H.E.Mr. Gennady Gatilov at the online side event on the margins of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, "Repatriation, Reintegration and Resocialization of Children Repatriated from Conflict Zones" (Geneva, 11 March 2021)

Excellencies, Special Rapporteur, Children’s Rights Commissioner, Dear Participants, Thank you for your interest in the today’s discussion. I am honoured to open this side event which is organized by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, the Bulan Institute for Peace Innovations in Geneva and the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in Geneva.

Address by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and the Conference of Disarmament H.E. Mr. Gennady Gatilov at the webinar "Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention Universality"

- We thank the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) of the Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) and the UNODA Geneva Branch for convening this virtual workshop in order to promote the BTWC. Russia, being among the founding fathers of the BTWC and one of its depositaries along with the United Kingdom and the United States, attaches high importance to the universalization and the strengthening of the BTWC as well as to the improvement of its implementation. - Since 1975, the BTWC has remained one of the basic pillars of disarmament and international security prohibiting an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. As a collective endeavour it enshrines commitments by its State Parties to promote co-operation for peaceful purposes and provide assistance and protection from biological weapons.

Address by Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, to the High Level Segment of the Conference on Disarmament (Geneva, 24 February 2021)

Mr. President, Colleagues, I appreciate the opportunity to address this authoritative forum. 2020 was a difficult year in all respects. It saw a growing destructive trend toward the collapse of the existing international arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation regimes, an increasing tension and lack of trust between UN Member States. Unfortunately, the United States continued taking steps to substitute some global "rules-based order" imposed by Washington for international law and the central role of the United Nations. After withdrawing from the JCPOA in 2018 and dismantling the INF Treaty in 2019, the United States decided, in 2020, to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies, thereby undermining international security.