MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Lavrov is expected to head the Russian delegation to the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, which will also include Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and Churkin.
"I am sure that [Lavrov's] speech at the general-political discussion in late September will contain new actual initiatives. Of course, it is too early to disclose them now," Churkin told the Russian Izvestia newspaper in an interview, published Monday.
According to the decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian officials such as head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the upper house of parliament Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Foreign Ministry’s legal department Roman Kolodkin, director of the ministry’s International Organizations Department Alexander Pankin are also included in the delegation.
The 71th session of the UN General Assembly is scheduled to open on September 13 at the UN headquarters in New York.
Russia's UN Envoy Voices Top-Priority Issues for Moscow at 71st UN General Assembly
Churkin also said that such issues as prevention of the arms race in space, information security and counteraction to attempts to revise the history of World War II, would have the highest priority for Moscow at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
"Such issues as the prevention of the arms race in space, maintenance of the international information security are top-priority issues for us. We will continue to resist the attempts to revise the history of World War II and we will increase the cooperation between the United Nations and our regional organizations such as the CSTO, EEU, CIS and SCO," Churkin stated.
According to Churkin, the agenda of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly includes 170 issues devoted to sustainable development, maintenance of international peace and security, human rights, coordination of efforts to provide humanitarian aid, development of international law, disarmament, fight against international terrorism, organizational and administrative issues.