Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Statement by Mr.Dmitry Polyanskiy, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, at the Security Council meeting on the violation of the Russian State Border in the Strait of Kerch by the Ukrainian Armed Forces

In calling for this extraordinary meeting of the Security Council, Russia bases its position on the Council’s provisional rules of procedure, in which rule 2 clearly states that the President shall call a meeting of the Security Council at the request of any member of the Council at any time to consider any issue.

It is crucial that we understand that the Ukrainian delegation’s counter-demand that we initiate a separate meeting under a different agenda item is nothing but an attempt to avoid responsibility for undermining international security. The agenda item proposed by Ukraine is inappropriate. I would like to ask if anyone has even read the letter of the Ukrainian Permanent Representative in question.

The situation described in it refers us to events of four years ago and has nothing to do with what happened in the region yesterday. What did happen on 25 November was that the Kyiv regime made a direct threat to international peace and security by ordering the Ukrainian Naval Forces to carry out an aggressive act of provocation with regard to the Russian Federation’s State border, violating key provisions not only of international maritime law but also of common law, including the Charter of the United Nations, provisions that require that all States respect other States’ sovereignty.

The fact that this violation occurred — and moreover through manoeuvring in a narrow strait, a fairly dangerous method — could and did create risks to the normal movement of vessels in those waters. Needless to say, such banditry had to be stopped, and the international community has to understand where Kyiv’s actions are leading.

We urge our partners on the Security Council not to take on any responsibility for the Ukrainian authorities’ dangerous behaviour. If this forum continues to be used to cover for the Ukrainian regime’s military provocations and to blame Russia for exercising its right to defend its borders, the Council’s authority will suffer irreparable damage.