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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.




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.

19.10.2020 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answer to a media question at a joint news conference following talks with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić, Moscow, October 19, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, This visit by Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, draws a symbolic line under the system-wide crisis affecting the Council of Europe in 2014-2019 due to the illegal actions of a number of its Parliamentary Assembly members that run contrary to the organisation’s charter.

14.10.2020 - Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Geneva-Moscow, 13 October 2020

The Co-Chairs note with alarm the continuing violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Co-Chairs call on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to take immediate steps to execute in full the obligations of the sides according to the October 10 Moscow statement, in order to prevent catastrophic consequences for the region.

11.10.2020 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions at a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of Denmark Jeppe Kofod, October 9, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, We have held talks with Foreign Minister of Denmark Jeppe Kofod. We have many urgent issues on our bilateral agenda, including some that have piled up since our last meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September 2019.

08.10.2020 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the joint statement by the French and German foreign ministers on the situation with Alexey Navalny

The statement by the two ministers, which is unacceptable both in content and tone, points to the outright reluctance of Paris and Berlin to consider the facts that were set forth by Russian representatives more than once. Instead of properly cooperating with the Russian Federation with a view to clearing up the circumstances of the incident with the blogger, the German and French governments have now turned to threats and blackmail against us.

07.10.2020 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the developments around Alexey Navalny

We noted the fairly predictable and prompt response with which German officials agreed to the publication of a report on the results of a study on Alexey Navalny’s bio materials on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) website. These results were received shortly before, probably, timed to the beginning of the OPCW Executive Council session.

06.10.2020 - Joint statement calling for a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Secretary of State of the United States of America Michael R. Pompeo, representing the Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, condemn in the strongest terms the unprecedented and dangerous escalation of violence in and outside of the Nagorno-Karabakh zone.

28.09.2020 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s article titled Global Cybersecurity and Russia’s International Initiatives on Combating Cybercrime for the magazine External Economic Relations, Moscow, September 28, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic, which has changed the lives of billions of people within a matter of several weeks, has become a real test for humankind. It is impossible to say with any degree of certainty when the pandemic will end. It would be logical in this situation to digitalise many aspects of everyday life, including state governance, business activities and education. The sphere of international ties has responded to this trend as well. It therefore makes perfect sense that ensuring reliable international information security (IIS) has moved to the top of the global agenda.

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