Small Arms and Lights Weapons: Russian position (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)
On 22 May, the United Nations Security Council adopted the Resolution 2220 on the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) control. Six out of 15 Security Council members – Russia, China, Angola, Chad, Nigeria and Venezuela, abstained from vote on this resolution.
As to Russia, the reason of this decision is simple - our principled approaches to the issue have not been taken into account and included into the draft resolution. Among them were a ban on SALW supplies to unauthorized recipients, a strict regulation of brokering, a prevention of unauthorized re-export of weapons, and a cessation of unlicensed weapons production. In general, Russia insisted on paying attention to the strengthening of SALW control at the national and regional levels, which would enhance security of both individual countries and entire regions facing severe consequences of the misuse and illicit transfer of weapons.
At the same time we can not but express surprise over the working methods that sponsors of this resolution chose during the drafting of this resolution. Positions of many countries have simply been ignored. As a result, the document is unbalanced in terms of the most pressing problems in the fight against illicit trafficking of SALW. It is regrettable that the resolution could not be adopted by consensus, all the more so as it is not directly related to any hot and controversial political issues.
This does not mean that Russia does not share the growing worldwide concern regarding the illicit trafficking of SALW. On the contrary, we have always insisted that coordinated efforts are required to prevent SALW from falling into “wrong hands”. Our proposals on this issue speak for themselves. It has to be a serious regime that serves the purpose, not the one that distracts from it and “closes” the issue.