The task of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations is to represent and secure interests of the Russian Federation in the universal organization. The role of Russia in the United Nations is signified by Russia's being a founding member of the organization and a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council.
The legal grounds of the Mission's work are set out by the Presidential Decree on Permanent Missions of the Russian Federation to International Organizations of 1999.
Since 2006 the Mission is headed by H.E. Ambassador Vitaly I. Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.