Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Statement by Mr.Vladimir Safronkov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, at the Security Council on the resolution 2368 (2017), on the sanctions related to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Qaida

The Russian Federation supported resolution 2368 (2017), on sanctions related to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Qaida. Taking into account the unprecedented magnitude and scale of the threats to international relations from those groups, we concur with our colleagues from the United States. Today yet another important step has been taken towards strengthening the counter-terrorism regime. Now all States, without exception, are called upon to fully and conscientiously comply with the provisions of today’s key resolution. There can be no double standards.

We are deeply troubled by the fact that, due to the positions of some delegations, Council members’ concerns were not fully taken into account in reaching agreement on the adoption of a text on such a key issue as jointly combating terrorism. I am chiefly referring to the Russian proposal to impose a comprehensive ban on any trade and economic links with any territories under ISIL control.

We must bear in mind that terrorists deal with wide-ranging, cross-border smuggling in hydrocarbons and other goods. Illegal business provides them with tens of millions of dollars in revenue on a monthly basis. That revenue is used to purchase munitions and weapons, which makes it all the more difficult to apply coercive measures against them. We firmly advocate that we continue to such measures, as well as other others, in order to ensure a full financial, material and technical isolation of terrorist groups.

We are equally confounded by the fact that the text does not include a reference to Article 103 of the Charter of the United Nations, which is something that we insisted upon.

Article 103 refers to the primacy of the Charter over other international treaties. The relevance of such a reference based on the need to enhance the authority of the Security Council’s binding decisions with regard to sanctions and to ensure that they are fully implemented nationally by all branches of Government.

Our firm position is that we must ensure full and complete compliance with the Charter. Without that, it will be impossible to ensure the integrity of the sanctions regime.

We firmly believe that, in order to make consistent progress in combating terrorists, we need to genuinely dovetail the efforts of all stakeholders. Therein lies the sole way of ensuring a full and definitive end of the terrorist threat to global stability. We stand ready to engage in collective efforts to that end.