Critical UN Assembly 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin will head the Russian delegation at the 70th anniversary session of the UN General Assembly, which will be opened at the headquarters of this largest international organization in New York in September. According to the Russian president's aide Yuri Ushakov, Putin will speak at the session on September 28th. According to Ushakov, in his speach, the Russian leader plans to address key aspects of the international agenda, including issues relating to joint efforts to combat terrorism.

In an interview to the First TV channel, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told that at the same time Russian leader will touch both the Syrian and Ukrainian crisis, the global economy, and will also adress sanctions' mechanism abuse by Western countries.

Head of the Group of advisers to the Director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS), corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, professor of the Russian Academy of military sciences Vladimir Kozin told the "Russian Peacekeeper" his view of the coming events.

He believes that "Vladimir Putin is not going to New York with any kind of symbolic visit just for the record, and, will of course, appeal to such a representative international forum that brings together two hundred different countries of the world, with important political statements."

Based on the information provided by his assistant, a section of Vladimir Putin's speech will focus on the collective struggle against such all-encompassing evil like terrorism and it's various manifestations. The Russian president has performed at three previous sessions of the UN General Assembly, and each time he touched the issue that affects the security of many countries. Unfortunately, the amount of time elapsed since he first designated this global problem and searching for the means to counter it, showed that individual countries are not only shying away from solving it, but on the contrary encourage terrorism, and create conditions for its appearance, providing some militant and extremist groups money, weapons and instructors under the pretext of overthrowing "failed leaders" elected legally.

According to Vladimir Kozin, today one can hardly ignore the present tense military and political situation in the world, which is not related to terrorism but caused by the destructive actions of the United States and the leading NATO countries and their partners. The world situation has deteriorated significantly, after the aformentioned states intervened into the internal affairs of a number of other states, created chaos and caused the highest wave of refugees, since the Second World War. According to the UN, about four million people fled from Syria to neighboring countries and Europe, fleeing from the fighting led by pseudo-Islamic militant group called "IS" or the "Islamic State of Iraq and Sham."

According to Head of the Group of advisers to the Director of RISS, the Western states, originally created the fundament for mass exodus of refugees to the European continent, should bear the main financial and moral responsibility for their accommodation and employment, for providing them with adequate humanitarian and socio-economic assistance, as well as for the granting of full health care and other vital services. The US by allowing only 105 Syrian refugees to settle last year and planing to allow 1300-1500 refugees next year - are simply a mocking common sense, especially when you consider that Germany has announced the possibility of taking up to 0.8 mln. refugees this year, and Russia, according to its Federal Migration Service, took about 12 thousand Syrian citizens, two thousand of which has been granted temporary asylum at the beginning of September this year. Thus proposals to use armed forces against refugees voiced by some Western politicians and statesmen sound completely immoral.

Vladimir Kozin drew attention to the recent statement made by Russian FM Sergei Lavrov, who said that Western countries are now obsessed with restrictive measures, and are loosing the culture of dialogue and diplomatic solutions. "As soon as our Western partners can't do something according to their patterns, they immediately grab the tool of sanctions," - said the minister.

The Head of the Group of advisers to the Director of RISS believes that the US and EU member states wrongly introduce all sorts of economic sanctions against Russia, which can not be responsible for the actions of Ukraine in violating of the Minsk agreement, including the position of ceasefire in Donbas, withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the line of contact and refusing to grant special status to DPR and LPR. If sanctions are to be declared against someone, it should be Ukraine, conducting a policy of genocide and undeclared war against its own people, as well as using heavy weapons, including those prohibited by international law against them. If the leading Western countries led by the United States had not been exerting strong financial and moral support for Kiev, its aggression in Donbass would have been stopped a long time ago.

Vladimir Kozin also drew attention to the fact that the global situation is clouded by the fact that many NATO member states have strengthened their military forces, including nuclear weapons, missile systems and general purpose forces in the vicinity of the Russian Federation significantly reinforcing "forward based resources" - said the expert.

He further noted that, according to current practice, public figures do not publish texts of their speech until their appearance at the General Assembly. Until then we can only guess what specific issues will the Russian president or any other public figure of such a high rank address.

According to Kozin, they probably won't be able to ignore such as a multifaceted theme as arms control. It can be assumed that in many of the leaders' speeches, strong emphasis will be placed on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the commitment not to use nuclear weapons in a first strike, on the need to develop an international treaty on preventing the deployment of weapons in outer space, as well as on the importance of solving the problem of reducing conventional arms and large-scale military activities with the use of such weapons.

The possibility of raising the question of banning aerial strike drones use against civilians, as well as the designation of a number of other issues that require urgent resolution can not be excluded from the agenda of the anniversary session of the General Assembly. For example, the initiative of making the Middle East a zone free from weapons of mass destruction requires immediate implementation, as well as the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty's early entry into force, which is still blocked by the United States and other countries.

But, of course, the list of issues staged is not limited by this list. The problem of fragmentation of the global economic area is expected to be raised, as now negotiations to ensure universal approach to new areas of economic and technological relations between WTO states are moving pretty slow. Climate challenges, sustainable development, demographic issues, information security and many other areas probably will be reflected in the statements of the heads of state and government from the rostrum of the main conference room of the United Nations, - concluded the expert.

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