Deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation have consistently supported steps aimed at strengthening the coordinating role of the United Nations (hereinafter, the Organization) in international affairs and ensuring equal cooperation of states within this universal Organization. Elaborations of this subject are particularly relevant in connection with the 75th anniversary of the creation of the UN, and in view of the fact that some fundamental principles of UN activities today are portrayed as outdated, and are interpreted in a distorted manner; and the historical truth and memory of events of the Second World War become subject to criminal revision.
A number of Western countries, led by the United States of America, under the guise of “honorable” slogans about the need to improving effectiveness of the United Nations and promoting initiatives to reform it, often seek to reshape this unique Organization in order to realize their own vested interests. At the same time, the points about “harmful” activities of Russia, China and other geopolitical competitors in the UN, as increasingly repeated by these states, are nothing but a lever for increasing pressure on the Organization and a clear manifestation of attempts to implement the concept of a “rules-based world order” aimed at a weakening and revision of the existing international legal framework.
Deputies of the State Duma believe that Washington’s current policy towards the UN once again confirms the destructive nature of the U.S. actions in the international arena by means of exerting pressure and using illegitimate unilateral sanctions with an extraterritorial principle of application against dissenting states. All of this runs counter to the principle of cooperation underpinning UN operations.
Attempts to discredit the Russian Federation or any other states-members of the UN Security Council, to limit their representation at the UN, and to divide countries into “bad” and “good” based on the principle of conformity to American interests are counterproductive and run counter to the fundamentals and principles of UN activities. Such destructive actions are fully consistent with the logic of U.S. policy to undermine multilateral cooperation within the UN framework.
With respect to the provisions of the UN General Assembly Resolution 153 (II) of 1947, the State Duma considers the domination of Western representatives on top executive posts in the UN Secretariat, which is achieved by engaging U.S. citizens and those of states loyal to Washington, as unacceptable.
Deputies of the State Duma proceed from the impermissibility of any infringement on privileges and immunities of the United Nations and permanent missions to the United Nations, including their property, and call on the U.S. to strictly comply with the Agreement between the United Nations and the United States of America regarding the Headquarters of the United Nations of 1947 and the Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations of 1946. Any actions contrary to these international treaties, which, in particular, are manifested in manipulations by the US side refusing entry visas to members of delegations of several countries, including Russia, as well as the seizure of the premises of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN, should be stopped.
Deputies of the State Duma are convinced of the central coordinating role of the United Nations in international relations, advocate strict adherence to the purposes of the UN and principles of international law based on the UN Charter, including sovereign equality of states, non-interference in their internal affairs, equal rights and self-determination of peoples, settlement of international disputes by peaceful means, and fulfillment in good faith of international obligations.
The State Duma considers it necessary to strengthen the UN as an effective multilateral mechanism for forging mutually respectful work in order to ensure upholding human rights on the basis of international law. Attempts to politicize the human rights agenda, impose unilateral approaches and issue ultimatums under the pretext of protecting human rights and moral values are unacceptable.
Deputies of the State Duma highly appreciate proactive efforts to improve the effectiveness of the UN disarmament mechanism and condemn any attempt to revise or undermine the same.
The State Duma is convinced of the key and coordinating role of the World Health Organization in the fight against the pandemic of the new coronavirus infection. The WHO is currently the cornerstone of the global healthcare system and the foundation of multilateral cooperation in this area. Therefore, deputies of State Duma consider the US decision to withdraw from the WHO and attempts to blame it as well as the People’s Republic of China for the spread of the coronavirus infection as counterproductive, and any accusations against WHO of passivity and non-transparency as unfounded.
Deputies of the State Duma call for a firm commitment to the search for collective consensus solutions within the UN framework and to defend the nonalternative nature of the system of maintaining international peace and security based on the UN Charter and the Organization’s long-term experience, which is designed to continue to play a leading role in the world architecture of the 21st century.