Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday (August 9, 2021) took part in the UN Security Council high-level debate on maritime security and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for convening the meeting. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for the removal of barriers from maritime trade at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC.
"Let me thank you, Mr Prime Minister, for the fact that you, as someone who is currently holding the UN Security Council presidency, convened this Security Council meeting to discuss an important and sensitive topic, namely, modern challenges and threats in maritime security. Your initiative is in line with the constructive role that India has traditionally played in the international arena, thus contributing to the promotion of multifaceted, mutually beneficial and equitable cooperation," Putin said.
"I thank our Indian friends for such a useful initiative in holding this meeting, and I would like to wish India to continue to successfully fulfil the functions of the President of the United Nations Security Council this month," Putin said.
The Russian President also added that Moscow is doing a lot to preserve and strengthen the international legal order in maritime security and is ready to share its experience in anti-terrorist operations, crime prevention, detection & neutralisation of bandit formations, including in maritime areas.
"Russia stands for strict observance of key norms and principles of international law enshrined in UN Charter, such as respect for sovereignty, non-interference in internal affairs, resolution of disputes through dialogue… To achieve real success in this area (maritime security), it's necessary to unite efforts of all interested states, as well as international organisations, regional structures – with the central coordinating role of UN & Security Council," Putin further said.