Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Explanation of vote by First Deputy Permanent Representative Dmitry Polyanskiy after UNSC vote on a draft resolution on the impact of illegal arms trafficking (put forward by Mexico)


Russia abstained during the vote on UNSC draft resolution on the impact of illegal arms trafficking.

Let me say frankly. Throughout all the time that draft was under discussion, we were not able to grasp why it had been put forward in the first place. The main concept changed several times. What we believe was wrong here is the starting point – an attempt to introduce a universal approach to all arms embargo regimes and peacekeeping missions, to treat them in a “one-size-fits-all” fashion. This contradicts their very nature, because each of them is established by a separate Security Council decision, made upon consideration of a concrete country-specific situation, with all its inherent particularities. As a result, the idea of the resolution is simply drowning in a huge number of reservations, which actually explain that all proposed measures should be implemented in the context of UNSC consideration of concrete country-specific situations. So what is the added value of the draft? As we see from the result of the vote, the document failed to have a consensus at the Council.

Unfortunately, this story vividly illustrates a negative tendency that has evolved recently. On some “trendy” or slapdashed topics, resolutions may be put forward just for the sake of making a resolution, following the principle “if there is a SC Presidency, there needs to be a resolution”. Thereby the quality and relevance of such products is often put on the backburner. Such a situation undermines the authority of the Council and does not let it fully implement its mandate of the body which is responsible for maintaining international peace and security. Russia will further stick to this approach when assessing UNSC products. Thank you.