Russian Federation (on behalf of the CSTO members)

His Excellency Sergey V. Lavrov 

Statement Summary

SERGEY V. LAVROV, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, speaking on behalf of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation and Tajikistan), said that some tend to take the great achievement of the United Nations as a given.  However, each step was a true feat, the greatest being the victory over Nazism.  Against that background, he said attempts to revise history look absurd.  Those who defeated fascism must be remembered, along with the lessons of history.  Unfortunately, the Cold War prevented the recognition of the United Nations collective potential.  Pointing to attempts by some States to meddle in other States’ affairs and application of unilateral sanctions, he said “The world is tired of dividing lines, dividing between Us and Them.”  The mandates of main United Nations organs must not be permitted to be watered down.  The Organization should also take into account such regional bodies as the Collective Security Treaty Organization.