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Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at the UN Security Council Meeting on Peacekeeping Operations, 18 June 2019

Mr. President,

We thank Under-Secretary-General J-P. Lacroix for his report. We are thankful to the Force Commanders of the UNAMID and the UNFCYP for their briefings about the state of affairs in their missions.

Let me avail of the opportunity and express our appreciation to all peacekeepers for their faithful service that sometimes proceeds in precarious environment, and to honor the memory of those who paid the ultimate price for the sake of peace.

Mr. President,

I will put some questions, however before I do I would like to say a few well-known yet very important words about peacekeeping.

What is crucial for success of any UN peacekeeping operation is constructive cooperation between peacekeepers, power authorities of the deployment countries, and parties to conflict, as well as adherence of host countries to missions’ key tasks rather than to secondary and subsidiary mandates.

We assume that it is the host countries that bear the main responsibility for protection of civilians, establishing political process, elimination of crisis root causes, and post-conflict recovery. We believe there is potential to fully engage deployment countries in triangular interaction between the Security Council, the Secretariat and troop-contributing countries. I am convinced this would enhance the efficiency of this mechanism.

Peacekeeping operations should not become a replacement for host countries’ power authorities, but should provide the required assistance as countries implement crisis-relief strategies. This being said, their goal should be to enhance the capacity of power authorities in order to avoid recurrence of conflict.

The countries that managed to create favorable conditions for national reconciliation and post-crisis recovery are the ones where missions interacted with national governments in a confident and effective way.

We believe it important to ensure a seamless transition from peacekeeping to peacebuilding. We expect this to happen in Darfur in the context of 2020 drawdown and subsequent withdrawal of the joint mission by the UN and the AU from this region.

Mr. President,

What remains pressing is the issues of enhancing efficiency of peacekeeping missions and ensuring security of Blue Helmets.

Efficiency of peacekeeping directly depends on whether the Secretariat and missions “on the ground” accurately implement consensus agreements by States regarding peacekeeping issues. It is these agreements that reflect shared commitments that States expressed readiness to take on.

In this regard, let me remind that “Action Plan” related to the so called “Cruz report” on improving security of peacekeepers, should be implemented solely in the framework of the parameters endorsed by the GA Special Committee of Peacekeeping. “Peacekeeping intelligence/ collection and analysis of information” can only be used to ensure safety of peacekeepers and protect civilians. Any misuse of these tools, including their use for political purposes, risks to undermine trust towards peacekeeping activities of the UN.

In light of this and following your request, Mr. President, I would like to put some questions to the Contingent Commanders: In your activities, are you guided by the recommendations articulated in the Cruz report? If the answer is yes, than in what way?

We would also like to point out that mandates of some of Security Council missions, including the UNFCYP, contain a provision to improve the effectiveness of peacekeeping. This provision had been included therein before the Secretariat developed this document. My question is: have you already accounted for that in your work?

We expect that before the Secretariat and the missions implement the provisions of the report, it will pass through the necessary endorsement procedures in the GA Special Committee on Peacekeeping. All the interested States, including contingent-contributors, should participate in the discussion in the spirit of partnership. We expect that the UN Mission in Cyprus will be also guided by this approach.

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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