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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s speech during a UN Security Council high-level summit titled, “Maintenance of international peace and security: Global governance post-COVID-19” Moscow, September 24, 2020

Mr Chairman, heads of state, Mr UN Secretary General, Mr Chairperson of the African Union Commission, colleagues, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to President of the Republic of Niger, His Excellency Mr Mahamadou Issoufou, for hosting today’s UN Security Council debate on the highly important issue of global governance in the post-pandemic era.

The coronavirus pandemic has been a catalyst for transforming international relations. Not only is the strength of states and integration associations being tested, but global governance mechanisms, primarily the UN, are being tested as well. It is important to learn the lesson of current developments in a timely fashion and draw the proper conclusions in order to ensure a peaceful, secure and stable future for humankind.

The interdependence and interconnectedness of all states without exception in all spheres of public life is the most important thing that the crisis has brought to light. Russia has long drawn attention to the transborder nature of modern threats, including international terrorism, the risk of uncontrolled proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cybercrime, drug trafficking and much more. Now these threats can be aggravated by pandemics like the current one, our calls for the joint development of responses to global challenges have become even more important.

This year's developments have shown that no one can simply fence themselves off from such threats. The coronavirus infection has affected everyone, which means that we need to deal with its aftereffects together as well and put aside our fleeting differences.

Unfortunately, our common misfortune has failed to smooth out the differences between some states. On the contrary, it has exacerbated many of them. The very moments of crisis that we observed in international relations earlier have resurfaced. A number of countries are increasingly tempted to look abroad to find those who are responsible for their problems at home. There are obvious attempts by individual states to use the current situation to promote self-serving and fleeting interests and to settle scores with unwanted governments or geopolitical rivals.

In spite of all this, the practice of imposing unilateral, illegitimate sanctions persists, which undermines the authority and prerogatives of the UN Security Council. We have repeatedly drawn attention to the need to lift restrictions which, in the context of the pandemic, affect vulnerable groups and limit their access to food and healthcare. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also called for suspending these measures in the current situation. We strongly support his initiative.

President Putin’s proposal to introduce “green corridors” that are free of sanctions and trade wars, which he advanced at the April G20 summit, remains on the table. Regrettably, the states that use the policies of illegal sanctions continue to turn a deaf ear to our reasoning and, even more regrettable, to the basic needs of ordinary people all over the world.

I’m firmly convinced that international efforts to overcome the crisis must be coordinated and carried out with the UN playing the central coordinating role. It remains the universal and single platform for dialogue. Its importance in the global architecture amid the pandemic has only increased.

In this regard, we consider the frequent attacks on the UN system in general and its specialised agencies to be absolutely unjustified. This is primarily true of the World Health Organisation. According to the overwhelming majority of countries, the WHO has acted professionally at all the stages of the crisis and has taken timely and effective proactive steps in close contact with all member states.

Of course, the international healthcare system’s capacity needs to be strengthened and taken to a new level. Russia has already made a significant contribution to this work as the first country in the world to develop and approve a coronavirus vaccine, the Sputnik V. We hereby reiterate our willingness to establish epidemiological cooperation with all states and international organisations that might be interested in doing so. The day before yesterday, speaking before the General Assembly, President Vladimir Putin offered free vaccinations to the UN staff. This is in response to our UN colleagues’ request. Russia, as President Vladimir Putin emphasised, could not leave this request without attention. He also suggested organising a videoconference with all countries that are developing and producing a coronavirus vaccine. This proposal remains on the table.

The current pandemic turned out to be a global shift, a black swan, if you will, which has confronted us with a choice: to close down and blame others for our troubles, or to emerge from the crisis as a team and join a common effort in the name of a prosperous future for all countries and peoples. Despite the obvious choice, the second path requires strong political will and strategic thinking.

We believe this is worth starting through a candid and open dialogue, primarily between the permanent members of the Security Council who, under the UN Charter, bear special responsibility for maintaining international peace and security. Russia came up with an initiative to convene a summit of the Group of Five with this goal in mind, which President Putin mentioned in his speech yesterday before the General Assembly. An in-person discussion between the leaders of the principles underlying state-to-state interaction, and ways to overcome the most pressing problems of humankind would be an important step towards consolidating collective principles in international affairs and restoring global strategic stability during the post-pandemic period. We strongly believe that this meeting should be held as soon as possible, the international epidemiological situation permitting.

It is important to reinforce existing communication formats based on the principles of equality, cooperation and consensus including the G20, BRICS and the SCO. We are convinced that the organisations that provide flexible responses to emerging challenges without detriment to the UN-centered nature of the international architecture hold the future.

In October, Russia will chair the UN Security Council. We will do our best to ensure well-coordinated and effective work in this main UN body based on the constructive interaction of its members and relying on international law, primarily, the UN Charter’s goals and principles.

Once again, I would like to thank the Nigerien chairmanship for this highly constructive initiative.

Thank you.




20.11.2020 - Vladimir Putin addressed the participants in Nuremberg Lessons international conference and workshop

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, friends, First of all, I would like to sincerely thank all the participants in the Nuremberg Lessons international forum: politicians and government officials, researchers and experts, legal experts, representatives of the museum community and NGOs. I know that you have come from across Russia, as well as from many other countries.

18.11.2020 - Putin's replies to media questions on developments in Nagorno-Karabakh

Question: Mr President, a week has passed since the signing of a most important statement by Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia. How do you assess the implementation now? What is successful? What might still be a problem? Most importantly, do you think this agreement will make it possible to sever the tight knot and resolve this very long-term and sensitive issue where each side has its own truth, as you put it yourself?

06.11.2020 - Press release on the sequence of events in the Alexey Navalny case

The sequence of events in the story of the alleged poisoning of blogger Alexey Navalny is quite unusual; it is also symptomatic how it has become the target for never-ending speculations in the West.

06.11.2020 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on a letter from the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia regarding the “Navalny case”

We are still waiting for the German authorities to provide a substantive reply to the official Russian addresses of August 27 and September 14, 24 and 28, 2020, requesting legal assistance from the concerned German agencies within the framework of the pre-investigative probe conducted by the Russian Ministry of the Interior into the reasons for the emergency hospital admission of blogger Alexey Navalny in Omsk on August 20, 2020. Our German colleagues have been using a variety of reasons and far-fetched explanations to deliberately delay taking action on our requests contrary to their own promises and commitments in the sphere of international legal cooperation.

29.10.2020 - Commentary by the Information and Press Department on a remark made by the German Foreign Ministry spokesperson on short- and intermediate-range missile

German Deputy Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Andrea Sasse’s comment of October 26 has come to our attention. The comment followed President Putin’s statement on additional steps to de-escalate the situation in Europe in the wake of the termination of the INF Treaty, in which she expressed solidarity with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s earlier remark that Russia’s moratorium on deploying ground-based short- and intermediate-range missiles allegedly carries little credibility since Russia “itself withdrew from the INF Treaty.”

26.10.2020 - Statement by Vladimir Putin on additional steps to de-escalate the situation in Europe in the wake of the termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty)

The Russian Federation continues to believe that the INF Treaty was an important element of the architecture ensuring international security and strategic stability. The Treaty played the most particular role in maintaining predictability and restraint in the missile sphere in the European area. We consider the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, that entailed its termination, as a serious mistake, which increases the risks of triggering a missile arms race, rise of confrontational potential and sliding into an uncontrolled escalation. Given persistent tensions between Russia and NATO, new threats to the European security are evident.

26.10.2020 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the Athens News Agency – Macedonian Press Agency (ANA-MPA), October 26, 2020

Question: It is four years since your previous visit, what is the significance of your trip to Athens this time? Do you think that the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence celebrations is a reason for deepening Russian-Greek relations, and if so, in which spheres? Sergey Lavrov: I am delighted to have this opportunity to return to Greece again. My previous working visit to Athens in 2016 took place during the implementation of an unprecedented joint project, a cross-cultural year between Russia and Greece, the main event of which was a visit by President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

21.10.2020 - Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s comment on the criminal charges brought against Russian citizens by the American authorities

The US administration has once again made news with another anti-Russia attack, accusing our government agencies of malicious activities in the field of information and communications technology.

20.10.2020 - Foreign Ministry statement on New START Treaty Extension

We have received no official response from the United States to our Note dated October 16 which contains the proposal put forward by President Vladimir Putin to extend the New START Treaty for one year. We have noticed only some comments made by U.S. officials on social media platforms. Given contradictory reactions to the actual situation, we want to clarify.

20.10.2020 - Embassy comment with regard to new accusations against Russia

Accusations of numerous cyber attacks (conducted without any meaningful purpose or result) that British authorities mount against Russia on a nearly daily basis form another cycle of their unprovoked malicious campaign.

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