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

Mm. President,

We are thankful to Assistant Secretary-General Bintou Keita for the briefing about current developments in Libya. We are convening this meeting today for a very sad reason.

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.

It is obvious that our grimmest forecasts are coming true. We have spoken about it on multiple occasions: domestic strife encourages terrorist groups to raise up their heads. Another reason for their enhanced activity is the influx of jihadists from other Arab States, Syria and Iraq in the first place. All of this reiterates that our calls to start collective hard-line efforts in order to fight this universal evil remain relevant. Besides, no one should use double standards, try to “make advances” to the radicals and use them for opportunistic purposes.

We are concerned about the situation with illegal migration. However the solution to this problem is not to be found in the realm of sanctions. True reasons for mass movement of population first and foremost have to do with dire social and economic situation and conflicts. Migrants are not the ones to be countered. The initial cause of the problem – this is something we should address.

All these tragic events emphasize how unstable the domestic situation in Libya is. What is happening now is the direct consequence of the collapse of Libyan statehood that happened after the events of 2011 and led the country to a catastrophic situation. We would want to believe that those who stand behind the implementation of this shady geopolitical scenario have come to realize their responsibility for the collapse of this State and the terrorist chaos that has overflown Libya’s African neighbors.

It is also obvious for us that setting forth military confrontation in Libya can only aggravate the situation. The number of deaths and injuries, as well as IDPs is growing. Urban infrastructure suffers destruction. Humanitarian organizations sound alarm.

There is simply no alternative to the political and diplomatic solution of the task to achieve national reconciliation and build up effective state institutions. It is with regret that we see the opposing sides lose trust to each other. On our part, we explain to all sides in Libya that it is our principal position to support political solutions and mediator efforts of the UN. As we have stated on many occasions, the central role in this process is assigned to the United Nations. We stand for prompt termination of military operations and rejection of aggressive rhetoric. It is vital that Libyan sides remain calm and reserved. Calls should be equally addressed to all sides.

In this context, we were optimistic as we learned about the ceasefire that the opposing sides achieved under mediation of Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya Ghassan Salame. We hope this ceasefire will be sustainable and express our fullest support for the efforts of the Special Representative.

A problem that remains pressing for Libya is the illegal arms trafficking, the flows of which destabilize the security situation both in Libya and in Sahara-Sahel. In this regard we believe it crucial to keep from steps, i.a. those with regard to Libya’s arms embargo, that might aggravate the process of establishing dialogue and interaction between the key Libyan political forces.

We remain convinced that it is counter-productive to appoint culprits among Libyan opposing sides. Attempts to assign responsibility selectively will only escalate tension and obscure prospects of resuming political process in Libya.

I thank you.




05.11.2019 - Andrei Kelin appointed as Russia’s Ambassador to the UK

By the Presidential decree № 545 dated 5 November 2019 Andrei Kelin has been appointed as Russia’s Ambassador to the UK

30.10.2019 - Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on Syria, Geneva, 29 October 2019

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format held the trilateral meeting and consultations with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Mr.Geir O. Pedersen in Geneva on 29 October 2019.

19.10.2019 - V Russian-British Business Forum in London will host an international conference of Russian compatriots

On 27 November 2019 the Russian Embassy in London and the Russian Community Council in the United Kingdom will hold the international conference “Compatriots-businessmen: prospects of cooperation” on the sidelines of the 5th Russian-British Business Forum. The conference will see over 80 businesspeople from the Russian community living in the United Kingdom as well as continental Europe. They will exchange experience and discuss business opportunities, development of culture and social projects related to Russia.

10.10.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Nur-Sultan, October 9, 2019

Esteemed Mr Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Thank you very much for receiving me during my visit to Nur-Sultan.

10.10.2019 - Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin’s interview with Izvestia, October 9, 2019

Question: Mr Vershinin, following the UN General Assembly session, it was stated that, in the wake of the visa scandal, several UN General Assembly committees could be transferred from New York to another country. Do you think it is possible? Sergey Vershinin: I think this is feasible, but the decision should be taken by the General Assembly. This is not the first time the United States has violated its obligations under the UN Charter and the agreement on the location of the organisation’s central bodies in the United States. As you may be aware, this is not just a question of this year or today. We have been raising this issue for many years, specifically, since 2004, in the special UN Committee on Relations with the Host Country, because there were similar incidents then, too.

26.09.2019 - Embassy Press Officer comments on new data regarding the Salisbury investigation

On 25 September, the Metropolitan Police published new data on blood tests taken in March 2018 from individuals that might have been affected by a nerve agent in Salisbury. The samples did not reveal any traces of exposure. Leaving aside the question of why the tests have been carried out only now, let us point out that the absence of traces of “Novichok” does not help to support the official British version of the incident. But there is another aspect to the news.

25.09.2019 - Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on Syria, New York, 24 September 2019

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format held a trilateral meeting on the margins of the 74th meeting of UN General Assembly. The Ministers: 1. Reaffirmed the strong commitment of the Astana guarantors to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and emphasized that these principles should be respected by all sides.

23.09.2019 - “World at a Crossroads and a System of International Relations for the Future” by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for “Russia in Global Affairs” magazine, September 20, 2019

These days, the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly opens up. So does a new international “political season”. The session begins at a highly symbolic historical moment. Next year we will celebrate two great and interconnected anniversaries – the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic and Second World Wars, and the establishment of the UN.

22.09.2019 - Embassy Press Officer replies to a media question regarding Charlie Rowley’s intention to sue the Russian Government

Question: How would you comment on the plans by Charlie Rowley, a victim of the Amesbury poisonings, to initiate judicial proceedings against the Russian authorities? Answer: As far as we understand, these plans are at a very preliminary stage. A lawsuit specifically against the Russian Government is but one of the options considered by Mr Rowley’s lawyers. For our part, we fully share Charlie’s desire to establish truth regarding his poisoning that also resulted in the death of his partner Dawn Sturgess. Mr Rowley is seeking clarity over the “unanswered questions”, which is, incidentally or not, the title of the Embassy’s own report with questions to the British authorities.

17.09.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on attack against oil infrastructure facilities in Saudi Arabia

According to media reports, a large-scale drone attack was launched in the early hours of September 14 against oil refineries of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company Saudi Aramco near the cities of Abqaiq and Khurais in the eastern part of the Kingdom. The Houthi Ansar Allah movement, now fighting against forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Arabian Coalition supporting him in Yemen, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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