Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Statement by Mr.Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, at the Security Council on the effectivness and clarity of the UNSC working methods

 I too would like to join in congratulating our British colleagues on their presidency in August. They had a difficult job and nonetheless handled it well.

I also wish you and your team every success, Madam President. This too will be a complicated month. You effectively lose a week to the general debate, but I think with our collective efforts we can make headway and discuss genuinely important issues pertaining to international peace and security.

In that context, I wish to endorse my Bolivian colleague’s statement, which I felt made a very compelling and persuasive argument. There is no question that the Security Council should focus on issues that pose a threat to international peace and security, and in that regard, we see no such threat from the situation in Nicaragua.

Furthermore, we fear that putting this item on the agenda of the Security Council will only undermine the efforts being made in Nicaragua to resolve the situation, and which of course we fully support. Our hope is that you, Madam President, will heed our views and that we can continue to work together as a team and achieve success in areas where we can make genuine progress.

I also want to note that we understand and are familiar with the previously mentioned plans to hold a high-level meeting on 26 September. We assume that the discussion will take place in the context of the implementation of resolution 2231 (2015).

In our view, the subject of Iran can be discussed only within that framework. In particular, we very much hope that the aspects linked to the withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will be discussed.