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Ambassador's Notebook: Towards the Implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

On January 31, 2013 the international conference on national and regional counterterrorism strategies took place in Columbia.

Despite the counter-terrorism measures taken, a serious terrorist threat remains. Terrorism is becoming increasingly intertwined with organized crime; it is penetrating the fabric of regional conflict and distorts genuine opposition movements.

The complexity of the factors that lie at the core of this process necessitates an equally nuanced response. It should combine military power with ‘soft power’ measures aimed at preventing and eliminating the causes of terrorism. This position was clearly demonstrated by the chairman of the UN Security Council’s statement on comprehensive approach to the fight against terrorism. Russia supported the adoption of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the follow-up resolutions necessary for it to be implemented, as well UN Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 1963.

The Columbia conference greatly contributes to the implementation of the general course taken by the UN. It is another effort by the international community to carry out the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Russia believes that it is crucial to strengthen the legal basis of the fight against terrorism by increasing the number of participants in counter-terror conventions and consistently making good on the commitments taken.

It is also necessary to promote social and economic development projects as elements of the counter-terrorism efforts. This can not only be done by states but also by the counter-terrorism mechanisms of the UN, UN department on drug and organized crime, the UNDP (United Nations Development Program), UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation), the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation), in addition to regional mechanisms such as the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization), CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organisation), and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States).

The business community can make a valuable contribution to counter-terrorism efforts by helping to fight poverty, creating new jobs, helping ensure tourism safety, helping defend the rights of terrorism victims. Within the G8 framework, Russia has initiated discussions on establishing a public private partnership in the fight against terrorism.

Another issue we should work on is preventing the ideology of terrorism from spreading, by creating multicultural dialog and understanding among cultures and religions, keeping closely in touch with civil society and preventing terrorism from penetrating public protest movements.

We should seek cooperation between a state and civil society represented by business, NGOs, mass media. Our common goal is to protect society from the threat of terrorism and other aspects of criminality.

It is vital that all states refuse any help to terrorists, including financial and military and technical assistance. We must ensure that UNSC resolution 2017, aimed at preventing arms proliferation is being implemented.

At the same time, attention should be focused on enhancing the anti-terror capacities of all the states concerned. This will require the prompt analysis of ongoing trends, the effect of terrorism on the economy, business, and also on the investment climate.

It is necessary to jointly address new challenges in this area, such as terrorism in cyberspace. Practical actions should be accompanied by the development of a global legal framework to protect cyberspace from terrorists, and to promote cooperation and mutual confidence in this field.
Preventing and countering the threat of nuclear terrorism should incorporate action to ensure that a growing number of states take part in UN and IAEA regulations, in the global initiative on the fight with acts of nuclear terrorism, and carry out the decisions of the Global nuclear security summit in Seoul.

Russia has been a staunch supporter of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and it has been incorporated into Russian domestic legislation. The strategic-planning document on counter terror adopted by the president outlines measures to combat the threat and also preventive steps that are based both on this global strategy and on international law. Russia’s national anti-terrorism committee is responsible for implementing the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and coordinating the broad spectrum of counter-terror activities.

Russia has been working to help develop regional counter-terrorism strategies within the CIS, the CSTO and the SCO. We are currently working to implement the president’s initiative to build the SCO’s regional anti-terror structure up into a center to counter new threats and challenges. Russia has consistently supported plans to implement the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia. We will continue to play an active role in developing effective approaches to counter-terrorism cooperation in other regional organizations, such as the OSCE, European Council, the Organization for American States, the Russia-NATO council, APEC, and ASEAN Regional Forum.


27.09.2018 - Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the UN Security Council meeting, September 26, 2018

Mr President, Colleagues, In the modern world, an efficient fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is becoming increasingly important for global and regional stability and the reliable security of all states without exception. Constructive cooperation in this area is an important component of the efforts to shape a positive international agenda. I think everybody agrees that the UN Security Council resolutions that outline specific measures against violations of non-proliferation must be strictly observed. Resolution 1540 remains the basis for this and contains obligations for the member states to take specific measures to prevent non-government agents from accessing weapons of mass destruction and their components. The UNSC decisions taken in pursuance of this resolution are particularly important as they include sanctions for handing over any types of weapons to terrorists. There have been incidents of such handovers and they must be thoroughly investigated.

07.09.2018 - Remarks by Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, following the UNSC meeting on the incident in Salisbury

Q: Do you expect British sanctions on Russia soon? A: We are not expecting or afraid of anything. Taking to the account how things have been developing during the recent years we do not exclude anything. This discussion and yesterday’s speech by the British Prime-Minister in the British Parliament are not coincidental. I think that’s looks like a prelude to a new political season. Q: So, Ambassador it’s really coming from the highest level in the UK. A: It always comes from the highest level. Last time when the incident took place it also came from the highest level. Q: But it seems that you are not taking it seriously. A: We are taking it very seriously. We were saying it all the time. Why we’ve been asking for cooperation with the UK from day one. Only few minutes ago Ambassador Pierce was referring to an ultimatum that Boris Johnson made in his letter to the Russian Ambassador in London when the incident took place presented as a request by the British site to cooperate while in fact it was a demand to to accept the gilt. At the same time our requests which we sent to British authorities constantly through OPCW and bilaterally were ignored.

06.09.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at Bolshaya Igra (Great Game) talk show on Channel One, Moscow, September 4, 2018

Question: Today we have a special guest in our studio, one of the main participants in the “great game”, someone the future of the world really depends on in many ways: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. We are happy to welcome you in the Great Game studio. Sergey Lavrov: Thanks for inviting me.

22.08.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's comment on UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's anti-Russian claims

At a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of Serbia Ivica Dacic Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's urges to European partners to slap their own sanctions on Russia in connection with the Salisbury incident.

16.08.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's interview for "Salisbury Journal"

The Russian Ambassador said he stands together with the people of Salisbury in a meeting with the Journal last week, as the United States announced new sanctions against the country. Speaking at his official residence in Kensington Palace Gardens on Thursday, Alexander Yakovenko said: “We are together with the people of Salisbury.”

24.06.2018 - Greeting by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko for the Znaniye school Family Day (Ealing, 24 June 2018)

Dear friends and guests, I am delighted to welcome you at a Family Day celebrating Russia and the World Cup. Today, Russia is the place to be for the whole world. It is a great pleasure to hear fans from all continents appreciating Russia’s hospitality, friendliness and openness to everyone. Right now, people from virtually every country see the 11 host cities, from the Baltic Sea to the Urals on the border of Europe and Asia, and realize how diverse and beautiful our country is. We’d like to bring a bit of Russia and the excitement of the World Cup to Ealing, for those who couldn’t make it to the tournament. By the way, so far both our teams are doing very well, and let us hope they keep up this good work. We cheer for both Russia and England but I’m afraid this can change if both teams meet at the semi-finals.

20.06.2018 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions at the Primakov Readings international forum, Moscow, May 30, 2018

Mr Dynkin, Colleagues and friends, Ladies and gentlemen, I am grateful for a new opportunity to speak at the international forum named after Academician Evgeny Primakov, an outstanding Russian statesman, academic and public figure. It is indeed a great honour for me. I consider Mr Primakov, with whom I worked at the Foreign Ministry in the latter half of the 1990s, my senior comrade and teacher, as probably do the majority of those who crossed paths with him at one point. Holding this representative conference under the aegis of one of Russia’s leading academic institutes – National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) that also bears Primakov’s name – has become a good tradition. The Primakov Readings have earned a reputation as a venue for serious dialogue of authoritative specialists on the most pressing issues of international politics and the global economy. Today, there is no lack of buzzwords used by politicians, experts and scientists to capture the current moment in international relations. They talk about the crisis of the “liberal world order” and the advent of the post-Western era, “hot peace” and the “new cold war”. The abundance of terms itself shows that there is probably no common understanding of what is happening. It also points to the fairly dynamic and contradictory state of the system of international relations that is hard to characterise, at least at the present stage, with one resounding phrase. The authors of the overarching theme of the current Primakov Readings probably handled the challenge better than others. In its title “Risks of an unstable world order’ they provocatively, and unacademically, combine the words “unstable” and “order”.

21.04.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's talking points at the Press Conference, 20 April 2018

Since we met last time a lot of events took place: - Military strikes of the United States, UK and France against Syria in violation of the international law - Mission by OPCW inspectors to Douma - Speech of Prime Minister May in Parliament in support of the British aggression against Syria - Special meeting of the OPCW Executive Council (18 April 2018) - New developments in the classified case of Salisbury poisoning of Skripal family - No meaningful developments on the Glushkov case - and Cyber security threats I plan to comment all these issues. And I will be happy to answer all our questions, if you have any.

17.03.2018 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's interview for "Mail on Sunday" (full text)

Q: Bearing in mind that the US, France and Germany have said they agree with Britain that all the evidence suggests the attacks in Salisbury were the responsibility of the Russian state, what credibility can be placed on the denials issued by the Russian Government? A:We don't know if UK presented any evidence to US, France and Germany - highly likely none - but if they did, why not present it through the channels outlined in the Chemical Weapons Convention? Universal legal principle is presumption of innocence, and the burden of proof lies with the British Government. Its record includes the Iraq WMD dossier - you will remember that at some point doubting US and UK claims was considered a wild conspiracy theory. It is not any more.

26.01.2018 - Main foreign policy outcomes of 2017

In 2017, Russian diplomacy addressed multidimensional tasks to ensure national security and create a favourable external environment for our country's progressive development. Russia maintained an independent foreign policy, promoted a unifying agenda, and proposed constructive solutions to international problems and conflicts. It developed mutually beneficial relations with all interested states, and played an active role in the work of the UN, multilateral organisations and forums, including the G20, BRICS, the SCO, the OSCE, and the CSTO. Among other things, Russian policy has sought to prevent the destabilisation of international relations, and this responsible policy has met with broad understanding in the international community.

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