Statments and Speeches

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.

Statement by the representative of the Russian Federation at the meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam conventions (BRS) on the BRS Programme of Work and Budget

The Russian delegation would like to emphasize that the interim budget is to be approved for only one year on an exceptional basis due to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. We call for providing comprehensive financial information when considering the draft programme of work and budget of the BRS for 2022-2023 which is to be considered in June 2022 during the face-to-face COPs session. The Russian delegation has no objection to the adoption of the proposed programme of work and budget for 2022, as well the supplementary budget for 2022, to finance the activities carried over from 2020-2021 from savings. Furthermore, all subsequent budgets should, as before, be approved for the biennium during the face-to-face COPs session in order to ensure transparency of the budgetary process and planning efficiency.

Statement of the Representative of the Russian Federation on the side event on human rights situation in the West

The Russian Foreign Ministry closely monitors the human rights situation around the world, including in Western countries. The post of MFA Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law was created exactly for this reason. Within his mandate the Commissioner presents on a regular basis thematic reports drawing attention to the increasing number of human rights violations in countries around the world. The most recent report was released just yesterday. Despite the legal mechanisms created and functioning within the framework of the UN, the OSCE and the Council of Europe that deny, condemn and do not allow the glorification of Nazism, racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, in a number of countries we are witnessing widespread dissemination of racist ideas and values. We see a growing number of xenophobic and racist manifestations, outbursts of aggressive nationalism, chauvinism, and other forms of racial and religious intolerance in countries on both sides of the Atlantic. The authorities of these countries justify their inaction with regard to manifestations of intolerance by hypocritical references to the allegedly absolute nature of the right to freedom of expression. In addition, the authorities of some states are beginning to use these manifestations as a pretext for cracking down on legitimate political opponents.

Statement by H.E. Mr. Sergey LAVROV, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, at the Virtual High-level Event under the auspices of UNCTAD “Harnessing Inter-Regional Integration for SDGs”

Our world today is facing many challenges. The negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global socio-economic landscape is aggravated by political factors such as the rise in confrontation, centrifugal trends in multilateral trade, the abuse of protectionist measures, the use of illegitimate unilateral restrictions. There is an escalation of various contradictions between states, which may have the most serious consequences for the world economy. We are witnessing the fragmentation and destruction of well-established cross-border cooperation chains. The well-being of people is being damaged, the prospects for global economic growth are being undermined, and therefore the opportunities for effective implementation of the development goals, including those of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030), are being put at risk. The choice of the UNCTAD as a platform for discussing these pressing issues seems to be warranted. Such an event is particularly relevant in the context of the preparations for the forthcoming 15th UNCTAD Ministerial Conference, one of the most important objectives of which, in our view, is to forge a broad unifying global agenda on trade and development for the near future.

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.

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.

Sergey Lavrov Video Address at the High-Level Segment of the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (11 February 2021)

Madam President, Ladies and Gentlemen, This year, Russia is participating again in the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council as a full member. We regard our return to the main human rights body of the global Organization as confirmation of our country’s key role in all the areas of multilateral cooperation. We intend to make active use of our mandate in the Human Rights Council in order to strengthen its capacity and authority, as well as to advance a unifying agenda.

Message of H.E.Mr. Gennady Gatilov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office in Geneva at the ceremony on the occasion of the observance of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust January 27, Geneva

During these days the entire world remembers and pays tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. 76 years ago, at a tragic cost the Red Army liberated Auschwitz, Nazism's most horrific extermination camp. Humanity finally realized the horrendous nature of the Nazi regime and of its crimes committed under the pretext of racial superiority. The Holocaust has become one of the most tragic pages in the history of mankind. Today we mourn the millions who were tortured, humiliated and brutally killed, who experienced the horrors of concentration camps and ghettos. Jews were the main victim of Nazi hatred. But we must remember that the Nazis intended the same fate for many other peoples, including Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians and other nations of the Soviet Union, as well as Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Roma and Sinti.

STATEMENT by the Representative of the Russian Federation in the First Committee of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly at the Thematic Debate on «Regional Disarmament and Security»

Mr. Chairman, Colleagues, The military and political situation in the world continues to deteriorate. We are particularly concerned by the developments in Europe. The official anti-Russian policy of the North Atlantic Alliance "erodes" the original foundation on which European security regimes and instruments were built and functioned. Thousands of NATO military appear on a so-called "continuous rotational basis" where they have never been – near Russia's borders.