General Assembly Debate 16 November 2001
Russian Federation Statement by H.E. Mr. Igor S. Ivanov
"This session of the UN General Assembly is proceeding under the omen of an unprecedented challenged posed to mankind by international terrorism.
To make it short, the decisive moment has come fo all of us. For the sake of future generations we simply must close the ranks of the international community and set about taking concrete action. The most urgent of them all is undoubtedly a creation of a global sysem to counteract new theats and challenges, first and foremost among which is international terrorism. It is quite natural that this subject was the central one in the course of negotiations between the President of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir V. Putin and the President of the United States of America Mr. George W. Bush that have recently took (sic) place in Washington, D.C. , and Crawford, Texas.
A universal anti-terrorist coalition of which Russia is a responsible member has been formed. […]
The large-scale decisions taken by the UN Security Council and the General Assembly in recent months provide a solid political and legal framework for the efforts to neutralize the threat of terrorism, which includes a wide specter of action-oriented anti-terrorists (sic) measures. Now it is important that these decisions are implemented by all States to the maximum extent.
If necessary, the use of most decisive means against terrorists may be permissible, including the use of military force. Such right is granted by the UN Charter.
Russia has also proposed to study a possibility of inclusion in the international law (sic) of a principle of responsibility of States for the failure to take measures against terrorists in their territory or under their jurisdiction."