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Statement by First Deputy Permanent Representative Dmitry Polyanskiy at the UN Security Council Meeting on CAR

We would like to thank Special Representative P.Onanga-Anyanga, African Union Commissioner S.Chergui, European External Action Service Managing Director for Africa K.Vervaeke, Permanent Representative of Morocco O.Hilale and Representative of Côte d'Ivoire G.Hipeau for their briefings. Let me express our sincere gratitude to Mr. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga for his work as Head of MINUSCA. Parfait, you have proven to be the man who would not lose temper even in a critical situation. Your contribution to stabilization in CAR can hardly be overestimated. We hope that your expertise and experience will be in demand in the UN system. We wish you every success in your future endeavors.

Mm. President,

We consider the regional and international negotiations between the government of CAR and the major armed formations held in Khartoum under the auspices of the African Union with the support of the UN to be the landmark event in the modern history of the country. Thereafter, on 6 February in the city of Bangui, a crucial document was signed – Comprehensive Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in CAR.

This forum was the result of harmonization of all peaceful initiatives on CAR that reiterated the commitment of international partners to take joint action for the sake of long-term normalization in this country. We would like to emphasize that the Agreement was reached i.a. thanks to the negotiations between the armed formations that had taken place in August 2018 in Khartoum under the auspices of Sudan and Russia and that resulted in the establishment of Central African Opposition Alliance for the purpose of reaching long-term sustainable peace in CAR.

Russia’s assistance in organizing talks in Khartoum goes in line with the efforts of African community that makes crucial contribution to resolving crisis situations on the African continent according to the principle “African solution for African problems”.

For our part, we assure you that we have taken careful note of the appeal that was embedded in Secretary-General’s report. Russia stands ready to facilitate the process of national reconciliation in CAR and act in coordination with the leadership of the country, African Union and the international partners of CAR who are involved in the search for ways to normalize the situation in this country without any hidden agenda or double standards.

We continue supporting CAR in reforming national security sector. i.a. in the area of increasing operational and staff capacity of the country’s military forces. Russian military experts have achieved significant results over a short period, having trained over a thousand Central African servicemen. We also intend to enhance our support on the humanitarian track, in particular, in providing medical services to the population.

We give credit to UN peacekeepers and pay tribute to those of them who gave their lives in the service of peace for Central Africa and the entire continent.

We consistently advocate the support of international community, in particular of the Security Council, for the agreements reached under the mediation of the African Union and other mechanisms on the African continent. We should provide political, moral and material support to such efforts.

It goes without saying, that the path towards nationwide reconciliation in CAR will not be easy. The people of CAR understand this. However, the first step, which is the most important one, has already been made. It will lay down the basis for future decisions that can bring the country to long-term peace. Our common goal is to support this initiative.

Mm. President,

We believe that in the current situation the Central African “area” urgently needs constructive cooperation of all international actors. Unfortunately, there are problems related to this that are not our fault. There are attempts to besmirch Russia’s action despite positive feedback that we receive from the Central African authorities and the people of CAR.

To our regret, today we saw a clear example of this kind of double agenda in the statement of our US colleague. I cannot ignore the two allegations regarding Russia that were part of his speech. As for the Russian journalists who were killed in CAR, it was Mikhail Khodorkovsky (he has now found refuge in the West) who sent them there. This man did not ensure their safety. Instead, he provided them with a significant sum of money in cash. The Russian Embassy had not been informed about their arrival and could not contact the CAR authorities on that matter. As a result, the journalists were robbed and killed. This context is clear, it cannot be argued. However, we continue the joint investigation that we carry out together with the CAR authorities. We will share the results of this investigation with everyone who will be interested.

Here is another story. We were not going to address this, but since our American colleagues have touched upon this topic, we will have to pick up on it. I would like to ask our French colleagues for apologies in advance. You see for yourselves – it was not our initiative.

On 12 February, French media RFI disseminated information with reference to the distorted UN report, according to which Russian military trainers allegedly tortured a 38-year-old Muslim tradesman. This false news has already been refuted by the man himself – his name is Mahamat Nour Mamadou. He has confessed that it was a provocation in which he was forced to participate by Attaché of French Embassy in Bangui Jacques Razafindranaly, who specialized in internal security. This man was also a staff member of the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) of the French Ministry of Defense. Let me cite what Mahamat said in an interview to “Afrique Média”: “I am a former Séléka fighter, I lost my thumb in battle. After I was released, the French offered me a lot of money. In return, they wanted me to say that Russians had tortured me. They told me if I did not do this, they would kill me. They came to me several times and checked if I was saying everything correctly. They promised to take me to France”. Mahamat’s neighbors confirmed his words. They recognized the aforementioned French Embassy representative among the men who had been visiting Mahamat. I believe there is no need for further comments.

Apparently, our American colleagues find themselves are having some sort of propaganda fever. Now they are preparing a blatant und undoubtable provocation at the Colombian-Venezuelan border, scheduled for February 23. I guess they have got carried away by it, because now they are trying to spread insinuations and fake news even here, in the Security Council. This situation clearly demonstrates the methods that our Western colleagues used in CAR. Same with Venezuela, same with Ukraine – they do not care about these countries, what their care about is only geopolitics.

Mm. President,

The world flows and changes. What remains unchanged is the methods used by the US and their supporters to interfere in the affairs of other countries and to topple the unwanted regimes. They have no disdain for dirty political provocations. Russia will not put up with this.

I thank you for your attention.



24.08.2019 - Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko relinquished his duties and departed to Russia

24 August 2019 Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Mr Alexander Yakovenko relinquished his duties and departed to Russia. Mr Ivan Volodin, Minister-Counsellor, will act as Chargé d'Affaires a.i.

16.08.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the course of investigation into Salisbury and Amesbury incidents

Question: How would you comment on the official statement of the Met Police claiming that one more police officer was affected by a nerve agent in March 2018 in Salisbury? Answer: Contents of the Met Police official press release of 15 August only raises further questions. It is unclear why such vital information has not been disclosed for almost a year and a half since the incident itself.

16.08.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s speech at the Terra Scientia National Educational Youth Forum, Solnechnogorsk, August 15, 2019

Thank you for the warm greetings. This is not my first meeting with Terra Scientia students, but it is the first time in this picturesque place. This is more convenient for those from Moscow because it’s closer. In any event, all our previous meetings were fairly useful. We are fueled by the interest of our society in foreign policy and international affairs, and are always ready to use our knowledge, experience and practical actions to meet this interest on behalf of our citizens. It is particularly important when young people are interested in foreign policy issues. After all, you will shape Russia’s future and its future place in international life.

12.08.2019 - Statement by Chargé d'Affaires of the Russian Federation Dmitry Polyanskiy at the UN Security Council meeting on Libya

It is with deep regret that we have been receiving news from Libya about a terrorist attack in Benghazi that, reportedly, has taken lives of two officers of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). We express our sincere condolences to the United Nations, to the families and friends of those who perished. We strongly condemn this and other terrorist attacks that kill the people of Libya. Besides, I cannot fail to mention that over the recent two-three weeks several hundred of migrants drowned in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe from Libya and other countries after the boats transporting them had capsized. These are only the latest disasters that happened to Libyans and Africans who had become desperate and given up any hope to live stable and peaceful lives. During the minute of silence that you called, Mm. President, our thoughts were with them as well. Because every human life matters.

09.08.2019 - Press-Conference by Chargé d'Affaires of the Russian Federation Dmitry Polyanskiy "Russia’s Collective Security Concept for the Persian Gulf Region"

he first section will be about our security concept for the Gulf area which is the bulk of what I was going to say and then at the end I will also make a couple of points on today’s consultations on Georgia. If you have any questions I would also be very pleased to answer them. We decided to make the special presentation of our security concept for the Gulf area because we think it is really important for ensuring security in this strategically important area of the world. You know how difficult the situation is now, so this concept was distributed as an official document of Security Council. Now my colleague has also shared a printed version with you. If you need to have it on your email, do not hesitate to tell us. We will send you the electronic version.

08.08.2019 - Embassy comment on the UN Security Council meeting on Syria

The Western initiative to convene the UN Security Council meeting on Syria is deeply disappointing. There are many speculations based on unverified and biased information about the situation in Syria aimed at escalating tensions and distorting the true events in order to undermine any political settlement in this country.

07.08.2019 - Embassy’s Press Officer reply to a question on the measures to secure Outer Space free from weapons

Question: Russia is promoting an initiative on “No first placement weapons in Outer Space”. Could you explain the reasons for adhering to this political commitment? Press Secretary: While the Outer Space Treaty (1967) prohibits the deployment of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in Outer Space, the Treaty does not explicitly cover either conventional arms or new weapon technologies. As a result, there is a legal gap with regard to a possible placement of weapons other than WMDs in Outer Space. In 2008 Russia and China introduced at the Conference on Disarmament a draft Treaty on Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space and of the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects (PPWT). Subsequently, in 2014 Russia and China submitted an updated version of the PPWT draft reflecting considerations of interested states, thus giving an additional impulse to further work on the draft. However, no progress has been made due to CD failure to agree on its program of work.

06.08.2019 - Embassy comment on the statement by Mr Roger Gale, head of UK delegation at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly

Once again, UK side called upon the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly to reconsider the decision to restore Russia’s rights. We would like to remind official London that Russia’s participation at the Parliamentary Assembly is an irrevocable right of any national delegation that effectively represents the rights and interests of its nation. It is also the necessary requirement for establishing international cooperation and balance in interstate relations in order to support political dialogue in Europe and develop the parliamentary traditions.

04.08.2019 - Embassy press officer’s reply to a media question concerning reports in the British media about recent arrests of illegal rallies participants by Russian police in Moscow

Question: How would you comment on the publications in the British media about the excessive use of force by the Russian police during the rallies in Moscow held on August 3, 2019? Answer: We have seen taken note of recent reports in the British media condemning the actions of the Russian police during the rallies in the Moscow city center in support of unregistered candidates to the Moscow Duma elections. First of all we would like to note that the numerous illegal protests which took place on August 3 in Moscow had nothing to do with democracy or freedom of expression. It becomes clear that the goals of protesters were anything but ensuring their voters rights. Many of the protesters do not even have an idea who the so-called opposition candidates actually were. It also looks absurd that people not living in Moscow are fighting for the political rights of Muscovites. Furthermore the persons wanted in connection with the extremism propaganda as well as 150 young people who had long been evading military service were found among the participants of the illegal rallies. It also proven that foreign citizens participated in the Saturday rallies, for provocation purposes only.

03.08.2019 - Embassy press officer’s reply to a media question concerning the decision of US President D. Trump to impose new sanctions on Russia in relation to poisoning Russian nationals Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury

Question: How would you comment on the intention of the United States to impose the second set of sanctions on Russia in relation to so-called poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury? Answer: First of all we would like to emphasize that the UK deny to present the results of the official investigation in Salisbury. The Russian side is fully committed to seeking and establishing the truth about the incident and could barely rest satisfied with the widely distributed leaks in the media coming from so-called official sources.

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