Remarks to the press by Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations
Q: Obviously you said the other day that US and Russia relations are not so good. What does today say about the Council being able to work together despite what might be going on bilaterally?
A: As I said before we are working together on issues that represent importance for international community and this is one of those. Russia is not hostage to our relations, we have to work together on issues that are far more important than our bilateral relations alone.
Q: Fantastic, and today’s resolution - do yo think that has a chance to bring North Korea back to the table?
A: This is a strong resolution, condemning North Korea’s ballistic and nuclear program. For us this program is inadmissible, but we were saying constantly and I’ve said it today after the adoption of the resolution, that sanctions alone will not solve the problem. And we are not alone in that. I think we were supported by the majority of the Security Council members. Political and diplomatic dialogue is badly needed and we need a strategy on North Korea, which is lacking. We have to work it out. And we earnestly hope that we’ll have one soon, allow us to solve this problem at the table of negotiations, cause military option is excluded for us, it’s inadmissible.