Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative Mr.Dmitry Chumakov at the Informal Dialogue on Building Global Resilience and Promoting Sustainable Development through Infrastructure Connectivity

Dear Mr. Chairman,

Russia remains a reliable partner for developing countries in developing energy and transport infrastructure. Unlike many Western countries, the development of the real sector of the economy has always been a priority of our policy of promoting international development, including during the Soviet period.

Russia is making significant efforts to increase connectivity in the vast Eurasian region, guided by the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin to develop a Greater Eurasian Partnership. Thus, as an important transit link between the countries of the Caspian Basin, the Persian Gulf, Central, South and Southeast Asia, Russia initiated the development of the international North-South transport corridor. The parties to the Agreement are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Oman, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey.

We actively use the potential of regional Eurasian agreements. Projects in the field of transport, energy and digital infrastructure in the EAEU are of a deep integration nature. We work towards to developing the common energy markets.

Interaction within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is no less effective. With the participation of Russia, it is planned to develop two transport corridors – “Russia-Caspian Sea-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan”, as well as “Belarus-Russia-Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan”.

In conclusion allow me to make a statement in connection with the attacks against our country. The Russian delegation regrets that once again politics is interfering in the debate on such an important topic for developing countries as infrastructure construction. And again - in connection with the speeches of European delegations, one of which was a keynote speaker. Russia does not accept political accusations against it. Moreover, we are not ready to listen to teachings from the Kyiv regime, which does not disdain terrorist methods, including destroying infrastructure (for example, the Kerch bridge or the Tolyatti-Odessa ammonia pipeline). It is not appropriate for those countries that support the terrorist methods used by Kiev to make statements on this matter. And this comes at a time when developing countries are experiencing acute resource shortages and are in need of partnerships. For our part, we will continue to seek for an international investigation into sabotage at Nord Stream.

We are convinced that when considering such an important economic issue, it is important to avoid unjustified political escapades and consolidate in the interests of the poorest and most vulnerable countries. Russia is ready for practical work.

Thank you for your attention.

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