26 March 202014:41

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Biological Weapons Convention entry into force

520-26-03-2020

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While the international community is making all possible efforts to counter global spread of the coronavirus, we would like to draw the attention to a significant date - the 45th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction (BWC). We congratulate all the States Parties to the Convention on this landmark event.

Since 1975 the BWC has been a pillar of disarmament and international security. It remains the first international treaty to ban an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. The international community's action to prohibit the weaponisation of biological agents is a significant step towards making this world a safer place.

The Russian Federation, as a founding father of the Convention and its depositary, attaches utmost importance to universalizing the BWC as well as to improving its implementation. Today the BWC needs urgent institutional and operational strengthening. We urge the States Parties to address collectively legal, financial, technical and other challenges that the Convention continues to face.

To that end, the States Parties need to focus their efforts on achieving meaningful outcomes and decisions at the Ninth Review Conference in 2021. On its part the Russian Federation proposed concrete initiatives: to resume the work on the legally binding Protocol to the Convention with effective verification mechanism, to establish under the Convention mobile biomedical units and Scientific Advisory Committee and to improve current confidence building measures.

We believe that multilaterally negotiated decisions agreed to by the States Parties by consensus is the only way to provide the necessary assurances of compliance and to act as an effective deterrent against use or threat of use of biological weapons.

 

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