UN, July 28. /TASS/. Relations between Russia and the United States are getting worse and worse, but Moscow still hopes for a constructive dialogue in the UN.
This was stated on Friday by TASS, Russia’s permanent representative at the world organization Vassily Nebenzia in the first interview after taking office.
According to him, Russia has always advocated “dialogue with all parties, whatever happens”. “Of course, relationships, especially in light of the recent events in Washington, we have even longer to put it mildly, getting worse and worse, but we are hopeful of a constructive dialogue with our American partners in the UN Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security. Without this dialogue as they can, and we can’t, we can’t live without each other”, – said the Agency interlocutor.
On the work of the UN
Nebenzia also noted that the challenges facing Russia in the UN, do not change, and Moscow will work to ensure that the organization has become a tool for solution of numerous and unprecedented global crises.
“Problem with my arrival do not change, we have a policy in relation to the United Nations, we support it,” the diplomat said, noting that the UN is “the only essentially universal organization in the world.”
According to him, Russia will “work to ensure that this universal organization has become a broad political consensus and the maintenance of international peace and security, to address the many unprecedented crises that now exist in the world”.
Nebenzia also noted that he expects a comfortable work with the UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres. According to Nebenzu, their meeting, although official, was “very good” and they managed to talk about “substantive issues.” “The Secretary-General’s a wise man who knows the UN, understands what he’s doing. I’m sure that it will be comfortable to work”, – said the Agency interlocutor.
Nebesa said that he had not yet had contact with Western diplomats, however, said he expects to meet with them “in the coming days.”
On UN reform
The UN, like any organization, needs to be reformed, but the process should be open, and decisions should be based on consensus, said the sebenza. According to him, the effectiveness of the UN depends on the presence or absence of political will of the countries that are its members.
“Blame the organization for what its members can’t agree, it’s pointless. But of course, like any organization, the UN needs reform, sensible reform, enhancing its effectiveness”, – said the Agency interlocutor. He stressed that this process should be transparent, and decisions related to UN reform should be taken “by consensus of the member countries”.
“Russia’s consistent policy of supporting the UN, which is a unique organization – said the Ambassador. – UN is an opportunity for any country to state its position and defend it. We supported this organization in the field of peace and security, and development in the field of human rights”.
According to him, Russia takes a constructive position on all issues on the agenda. “We want all countries can engage in the UN dialogue on relevant issues and reach consensus-based decisions, – said sebenza. – The task of all members of the organization to find a solution to the acute problems that now exist in the world. This requires collaboration and access to joint practical solutions. We will work to improve the efficiency of the organization.”
On the suppression of terrorism
The Ambassador considers the strengthening and expansion of cooperation in sphere of struggle against terrorism as one of the most important tasks of the international community.
“Russia stands for the creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition, and this is one of the most important tasks in UN activities, he said. – Unfortunately, such a coalition is not created, and I can say without equivocation, it is not our fault. We are on the case”.
“Now comes the process of reforming counter-terrorism architecture, – continued the diplomat. – Will soon assume his duties, a new Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, which, by happy coincidence, is our compatriot Vladimir Voronkov, the experienced diplomat, the Russian Ambassador to Vienna. He will assume his duties in September. It is definitely one of the main reforms that we are pursuing at the UN.”