Vladimir Putin will speak of UN role in combating terrorism at General Assembly

President Vladimir Putin intends to use the UN General Assembly floor where he is going to speak on Monday, September 28, to express the Russian view of the situation in international relations, the future of the United Nations and matters of combating international terrorism.

"Naturally (…) this international floor will have to be used to present the Russian view of present-day international relations and the future of this organization and the world community," Putin said in an interview to U.S. journalist Charlie Rose for CBS and PBS TV channels ahead of his participation in the UN General Assembly.

Putin said he intends to recall the history of the UN, the fact that the decision on its formation "was made precisely in our country, in the Soviet Union, at the Yalta conference" and that "Russia as the legal successor of the USSR is a founder country of the UN and a permanent member of the Security Council."

"Of course, it will be necessary to speak of this day, the way international life takes shape today and say that the UN remains the only universal international organization that is meant to maintain peace throughout the world. In this sense it doesn't have any alternative today," Putin said.

It is also clear, he stressed, that "the UN should adapt to the changing world and we are in constant debate on the matter - how it should change, at what speed, what should change qualitatively."

He also expressed confidence that practically everyone speaking on the UN floor will speak "of the problem of fighting, the need to fight terrorism."

"And I won't escape the subject either. This is natural because it is a serious common threat for all of us; it is a challenge for all of us. Today terrorism poses a threat to millions of people," Putin stressed. In this context he said "all of us are facing the common task of uniting efforts in fighting this common evil."


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