Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir Moscow, July 23, 2020


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Mr Bozkir, friends,

First of all, I would like to say that we are delighted to welcome you to Moscow. In addition to my greetings, I would like to once again congratulate you on your election as President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. 

Taking into account your ample experience, including in the field of parliamentary diplomacy, we have no doubt that you will pursue a balanced and unbiased policy in this responsible position, helping to mitigate differences and find solutions that are acceptable to all members of the international community.

The upcoming session of the UN General Assembly is inseparably connected with two landmark events, the 75th anniversaries of the end of World War II and of the establishment of the UN. In this context, we should all do our best so that the General Assembly can focus on the unification agenda, emphasising the importance of strengthening the central coordinating role of the UN and undeviating compliance with the UN Charter, as well as promoting a truly multipolar world order based on respect for and a balance of interests of all members of the international community without exception.

To us, just as to the majority of the other states, respect for international law is the key element of global stability. The universally recognised principles and norms of international law constitute a solid foundation of interstate cooperation and equal international relations.

Respect for international law is especially important at a time when a number of states, primarily in Western Europe, have tried to interpret international law not in its original meaning but so that it suits the geopolitical interests of their narrow group.

We can see an increasing number of attempts to interpret universal international convention in a way that undermines the fundamental principle of common accord and to peddle the ideas, partly through voting, that are then presented as the common opinion of the entire international community.

There have also been attempts to privatise – let us call things by their proper names – the secretariats of some international organisations, to encourage their personnel to neglect the principles of international civil service, and to promote new ideas of multilateralism outside the UN framework, ideas that contradict the meaning of multilateralism as the fundamental principle of the UN based on the equality of all member states.

You have been elected President of the UN General Assembly at a very difficult time. We are fully aware of the current problems in international affairs and the world. I can assure you that Russia will be your reliable and consistent ally in the protection of the primary underlying goals and principles of the UN.

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