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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.



25.07.2020 - "Concerning the sensational report on Russia". Article from News Agency "RIA Novosti", 23 July 2020

The report was prepared before last year’s general election, but its publication was long delayed by the ruling Conservatives, and opponents of Boris Johnson accused him of doing it specifically to downplay the Russian threat and prevent his party from losing credibility. Now, however, the report, written in part by well-known retired MI-5 employee Christopher Style (creator of the file on Trump’s “Russian contacts”), has been published. The British press has been disappointed: there is no proof of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum (although they cannot understand how the British voted to leave the EU when most of the political elite, almost all of the press and the City were against it), although there are rumours of attempts to influence the Scottish independence referendum. This, however, is London’s point of view; from Moscow’s perspective, the report is sensational, because its authors’ conclusions are the best evidence that the British powers-that-be are prepared to work in the Kremlin’s interests. Style and Browder (another co-author of the report) do not in fact understand this, but this is the skill of the so-called KGB heirs’ game. But let’s start at the beginning.

16.07.2020 - The Human Rights Situation in Ukraine - Report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

The human rights situation in Ukraine continues to degrade. The Kyiv authorities adopt legislative acts contrary to the rules of national law and international obligations. Human rights activists document systemic violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms. Referring to the need to combat the so-called Russian aggression and separatism, political opponents, independent journalists, media outlets, and undesirable members of public organizations are being prosecuted. The rights of internally displaced persons, the Russian-speaking population, and representatives of national minorities are limited. The clergy and parishioners of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church are being prosecuted. The right to liberty and security of person is not respected. In Ukraine, there are numerous facts of illegal detention, torture, intimidation, ill-treatment, sexual violence, including to obtain confessions or compel cooperation.

16.07.2020 - Embassy comment concerning today’s unfriendly statements by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

The Embassy has noted the statements by the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab concerning unspecified “Russian actors” who have “almost certainly” sought to interfere in 2019 UK General Election through “online amplification” of sensitive documents relating to the UK-US Free Trade Agreement, as well as the alleged responsibility of “Russian Intelligence Services” for cyber attacks aimed at stealing research information on coronavirus vaccine development.

06.07.2020 - Embassy comment on the UK announcement of sanctions over the Magnitsky case

The decision by the British Government to impose sanctions against a number of Russian officials invoking the death of Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 reflects the self-declared status of the UK as the global leader in sanctions policy. All questions regarding the circumstances of Mr Magnitsky’s death have been answered long ago. Today’s decision was quite obviously conceived merely as a public move.

29.06.2020 - Embassy press officer’s reply to a media question on British media reports on Russian “collusion” with the Taliban in Afghanistan

Question: How would you comment on the recent reports in British media that Russia supposedly offered “bounty” to the Taliban to kill UK as well as US soldiers in Afghanistan?

16.05.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's letter to Financial Times

Dear Editor, I feel compelled to express disagreement with the Financial Times coverage of Russia’s efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Judging by your reports, Russia’s response has been to manipulate with figures at home and to spread disinformation abroad, with the government acting inefficiently and doctors having inadequate protection. This distorted picture requires a refutation. Even by most pessimistic accounts, Russia’s performance in terms of healthcare system capacity and death rate is among the best of all major countries.

15.05.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's letter to The Times

Sir, Roger Boyes is wondering why Russian industrialists (he calls them ‘oligarchs’) are helping to fight Covid-19. Are they suddenly ‘embracing philanthropy’, or ‘cleaning up their nasty image’, or else seeking to impose a ‘new compact’ on the ‘floundering’ government?

11.05.2020 - Statement by the Foreign Ministry concerning US attempts to rewrite the history of the Victory over Nazism

Attempts to distort the results of the defeat of Nazism and the decisive contribution our country made, which are continuing in Washington even during these days of universal celebration of the 75th anniversary of Victory, cause utter indignation.

08.05.2020 - Telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Great Britain Boris Johnson. The President of Russia and the Prime Minister of Great Britain exchanged greetings on the 75th anniversary of Victory over Nazism, which became one of the greatest events of the 20th century and an example of unprecedented cooperation between the countries of the anti-Hitler coalition. Vladimir Putin noted in part that Russia remembers the exploits of the British sailors, participants in the Arctic convoys, owing to which the Soviet army and industry received arms and equipment needed during the war.

07.05.2020 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dominic Raab

On May 6, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dominic Raab at the latter's initiative. The two officials exchanged greetings in connection with the upcoming 75th anniversary of the victory in WWII. They noted the contribution of the members of the anti-Hitler coalition in the fight against Nazism, and emphasised the importance of using the alliance's experience in mobilising the international community's efforts to counteract today's global challenges. Particular attention was paid to discussing the efforts being taken to tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus infection and to overcome its effects.

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