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Russia’s new UN envoy warns of unprecedented global threat

Russia’s new ambassador to the UN has warned against “unprecedented threats” against the global community, stressing Moscow’s determination to help resolve the existing challenges.

“Today the world faces unprecedented threats and challenges, and Russia, as a permanent member of the Security Council, will continue contributing constructively to addressing those challenges together with the international community,” Vassily Nebenzia told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday as he submitted his credentials.

The veteran Russian diplomat also underlined Moscow’s commitment to peace, development and human rights.

In addition, Nebenzia delivered a speech at the 193-member UN General Assembly, calling for collective efforts at a global level to fight against extremist and terrorist groups.

Nebenzia succeeds longtime Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who passed away in February following a heart attack. Churkin, 64, had served as Russia’s UN envoy for over a decade.

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