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AMBASSADOR'S ARTICLES

02.03.2015

RUSSIA’S REFLECTION ON THE ROLE OF THE UN

The United Nations has been and remains the cornerstone of the international system. The goals, principles and rules sealed in the UN Charter are a vital source of international law and the basis of the code of conduct on the international stage. They provide for key elements of a polycentric world order by creating functional mechanism for governing the world by coordinating the positions of the leading states. 

Unfortunately, for the last several years we have seen numerous violations of the UN fundamental principles, including the independence and sovereign equality of nations, non-interference in their internal affairs and peaceful settlement of disputes (e.g., bombing of Serbia, occupation of Iraq under a patently false pretext, gross manipulation of the UNSC mandate that resulted in destruction and chaos in Libya, inspiration of internal unrest and promotion of regime change, like in Ukraine last year). These are the consequences of attempts to claim domination in global affairs and unilateral use of military force in the pursuit of selfish interests.

Now we are reaching the point where we should give an answer to one question: Do we really want the UN, including its Security Council, to be an effective and influential instrument for maintaining international peace and security, or are we willing to allow it to become a platform for confrontation and exclude the Security Council from the search for vital international solutions?

I hope that we will choose the first option. For this to become true, we have to restore the UN Security Council’s role as the central agency for coordinating collective approaches based on respect for cultural and civilizational diversity in the world, and accept the fact that only trust and cooperation among members of the UN Security Council will help achieve necessary solutions to international crises. On this basis, the UNSC has addressed the key issues of the current crisis in Syria and Iraq, such as chemical disarmament in Syria, combating foreign terrorists, preventing terrorist groups from benefiting from trade in oil. Another recent example is the deployment of new peacekeeping missions in Mali and the Central African Republic. There are plans to directly address another painful issue in Africa – the terrorist threat coming from Boko Haram.

Russia has always promoted a positive and unifying agenda. We have always been and will be open to discussion of the most complex issues, no matter how unsolvable they might seem at the beginning. We will be prepared to search for compromises and the balancing of interests and go as far as to exchange concessions provided only that the discussion is based on mutual respect and equality. The policy of ultimatums and philosophy of supremacy and domination do not meet the requirements of the 21st century and run counter to the process of a polycentric and democratic world order taking shape.




LATEST EVENTS

30.06.2021 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's letter to the Daily Telegraph, 30 June 2021

Sir, Numerous media reports following the Crimea incident (including the Daily Telegraph piece of 28 June by Theo Merz) exploit the idea of Russian military ships “regularly visiting British waters”. This narrative, actively promoted by the Ministry of Defence, creates an impression of frequent violations of British sovereignty by Russia – but is a prime example of British state-sponsored disinformation.


28.06.2021 - Article by Sergey Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, “The Law, the Rights and the Rules”, Moscow, June 28, 2021

The frank and generally constructive conversation that took place at the June 16, 2021 summit meeting between presidents Vladimir Putin and Joseph Biden in Geneva resulted in an agreement to launch a substantive dialogue on strategic stability, reaffirming the crucial premise that nuclear war is unacceptable. The two sides also reached an understanding on the advisability of engaging in consultations on cybersecurity, the operation of diplomatic missions, the fate of imprisoned Russian and US citizens and a number of regional conflicts.


18.11.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s address on the occasion of the ceremony dedicated to the veterans of the Arctic Convoys

It is an honour for me to welcome you all at this very impressive ceremony dedicated to the veterans of the Arctic Convoys. Whatever the circumstances may be around us, like the coronavirus and the due lockdown today, we should never forget the much more severe conditions that our nations had experienced in World War II.


22.10.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s welcoming remarks on the opening of “The Arctic: culture and climate” exhibition in the British Museum

Dear ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to welcome you all at the opening of “The Arctic: culture and climate” exhibition, dedicated to the history of exploration of the Far North, traditions and culture of its native peoples, as well as the problem of global climate change.


05.08.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin’s interview to the Daily Mail, 4 August 2020

Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to the Daily Mail newspaper, covering the Russia Report, bilateral relations with UK and a broad international agenda.


21.07.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview with Sky News, 21 July 2020

Q: Thank you Mr Ambassador for speaking to us today. My first question is have you seen the report today, have you read it, what do you think? A: Yes, of course, I’ve seen it and and I have read it this morning. My first impression is that the Shakespeare’s phrase is very much applicable to it: much ado about nothing. The report is called “Russia”. But if you put the name of any other country, it will be the same, because this report is not about Russia. It is about the relationship between different intelligence agencies inside the UK.


03.07.2020 - Open Skies Clouded by Sham and Ambiguity (by Ambassador Andrei Kelin)

Ambassador Andrei Kelin's article published on the website of Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on 2 July 2020.


02.12.2019 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's interview to Sputnik News Agency

On 27 November, 2019 Ambassador Andrei Kelin gave an interview to Sputnik News Agency during the V Russian-British Business Forum.


15.08.2019 - The liberal "end of history": what's next?

Following an interview with President Vladimir Putin published by the Financial Times a month ago, the issue of the future “liberal world order” in its idealistic version has been part of London’s political discussion agenda, with the emphasis being put on moral and political leadership in the present-day world.


09.07.2019 - What has happened to Western liberal idea? (by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko)

In the recent interview with President Putin, the Financial Times seems to have launched a discussion on liberalism only at its own peril. Inadvertently, a real problem was touched upon, whose pressing nature is no longer denied by anyone in the West. The newspaper had to admit it in its Editorial of 29 June. Its authors claim that the threat to liberalism comes from within, including President Trump and his policies, Brexit and, certainly, the rise of “populist nationalism”. They refer to voters’ disillusionment with liberalism and loss of confidence in the economic system and trust in political elites. The latter are invited to redouble their efforts to take into consideration issues raised by voters and “to renew liberalism”.



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