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Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at the UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

Mr. President,

We welcome Mr.G.Pedersen at his first briefing at the Security Council, we thank you for the report. We share many of the assessments that you expressed. We believe one of the key words of your speech was – “need to restore the lost confidence”, not only inside Syria, but around it as well, the confidence of all the stakeholders who have to do with Syria.

We welcome the commitment of Special Envoy to maintain intense contacts with the parties to the Syrian conflict and major stakeholders who take effort to settle the situation in Syria. This is key to the success of any mediator. We believe it is crucial to have normal operational dialogue with Damascus, which should be part of all the events aimed to galvanize political process and stabilize the situation in the country. This also applies to the Brussels Conference to be held in March.

On February 22, there was a visit of Mr.Pedersen to Moscow, where he had meaningful talks with Foreign Minister S.Lavrov and Defense Minister S.Shoygu. We believe that this meeting, and follow-up talks of Special Envoy with Russian representatives, including Deputy Foreign Minister S.Vershinin and Special Representative of the President for Syria S.Lavrentiev, helped us overcome the unfortunate (and somewhat artificially created) incident that took place in December and affected the establishment of Constitutional Committee. Together with Special Envoy and our Astana partners – Turkey and Iran – we continue our work to finalize the modalities of this mechanism that will be established according to SC Resolution 2254 and decisions made by the Congress of Syrian National Dialogue. We expect that this mechanism will soon be launched.

We cannot fail to mention the constructive input of our partners from Turkey and Iran at the “Astana process”. Their contribution helped change the situation in Syria, ensure real ceasefire at the major part of the territory, and start the direct dialogue between the Government and the armed opposition.

We reckon that soon the “Astana troika” will develop mutually acceptable solutions for “Idlib de-escalation zone” and the North-East of SAR in the spirit of the understanding that was reached at the trilateral leaders’ summit of Russia, Turkey and Iran in Sochi on February 14. It goes without saying, that we will be fully respectful of the position of the Syrian government.

We will be working step by step in order to reach our goals, among which – eradicate “terrorism breeding ground” in Idlib and protect the civil population. The situation at the North-West of Syria which is controlled by the militants from “Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham”cannot be frozen forever. Those who urged to remain idle have to understand this.

Let me remind, that nobody wanted to spare ISIS and freeze the situation in Hajin or Rakka. By the way, there were numerous casualties among the civilians.  In this regard, we cannot but welcome the words – or rather a recognition – of the distinguished US representative, that fight against terrorism should not be an excuse to destroy the civil population.

We would like to point out that apart from de-escalation and political issues, “Astana” platform discusses such an important confidence-building measure for the opposing sides as exchange of prisoners. Special Envoy mentioned it today. The exchanges that took place in November 2018 and February 2019, though they were not large-scale ones, give hope for progress on this track.

All these measures facilitate the stabilization in Syria. Another important track of international cooperation is rebuilding the devastated infrastructure and launching the mining action. On February 21, the Government of Russia issued a decision to allocate funds to UNMAS budget to assist mining action in SAR. We call for our colleagues to join these efforts.

Let me say on behalf of the “Astana” troika: We stand ready to cooperate with all the interested sides who genuinely – and this is important – wish to foster stabilization and promote political settlement in Syria, including the so called “Small Group on Syria”. Four-lateral summit in Istanbul in October 2018 made a significant contribution to the “bridge-building” process.

We highlight, that the situation in Syria has changed for the better. Many realize what has changed. We take notice of positive steps by the regional states who want to improve their relations with Damascus. We believe that economic cooperation and engagement in restoring Syria’s national economy will speed up this process.

We hope that commitment of Arab countries to fully restore their relations with Syria and get Syria back to the “Arab family” will sustain the process of Syrian settlement in accordance with the principles of international law and the UN Charter.

Russia, as a member nation of the “Astana troika” is ready to continue cooperation with Special Envoy in returning peace to Syria. Mr. Pedersen, you can count on our collaboration. 

Thank you.


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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