On the special session of the CSP - P.R. OF RUSSIA TO THE OPCW
Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is working in The Hague (the Kingdom of the Netherlands) on a permanent basis. It is involved in consultation with the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW, other delegations, and on behalf of the Russian Federation participates in the activities conducted by Organization, and provides connection between Technical Secretariat and Russian National Authority (Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia) responsible for implementing the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction.
Sessions of policy-making organs of the OPCW are held on a regular basis throughout the year: there are three sessions of the Executive Council and one session of Conference of the State-Parties at the end of a year. Russian Permanent Representation to the OPCW informs Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia about developments in discussions on current issues during informal consultations conducted in the intercessional period and supports Russian delegations which come to take part in the work of the policy-making organs.
Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OPCW - H.E. Mr. Alexander V. SHULGIN
Deputy Permanent Representative to the OPCW - Mr. Igor S. VISHNEVETSKY
On the special session of the CSP
The Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons strongly opposes the initiative of Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, the UK and the US to convene a special session of the Conference of State Parties (CSP). Taking into consideration the complexity of the situation at the OPCW we consider such an initiative as untimely and harmful to the Organization.
This year The Hague hosts the IV Review Conference that will determine the development of the OPCW for the upcoming 5 years. Any question could be raised as during the Review Conference as during its preparation stage.
The Russian party expresses its concern about the fact that the group of countries have decided not to make any efforts to lead the Organization out of the crisis and to work within the uniting agenda using the full potential of the review process but to convene a special CSP.
We are certain that under the outwardly neutral wording of the agenda calling upon the upholding the global ban against chemical weapons use stands nothing more than concrete political goals leading to the further politicization of the Organization and widening of the split among its members.