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MOSCOW, May 23. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Emergencies Minister Sergey Voronov is taking part in the 1st World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, the Emergencies Ministry’s press service told TASS on Monday.
"The inter-departmental delegation led by Russian Deputy Emergencies Minister Sergey Voronov is taking part in the first World Humanitarian Summit underway in Istanbul," the press service said.
Russian specialists will take part in the plenary session and two ministerial roundtables, as well as special thematic sessions. Around 6,000 people are participating in the event, including 45 heads of states and 125 heads of government.
The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul was organized for the first time to discuss effective ways of delivering humanitarian aid and putting an end to wars, violence and suffering in the world.
Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier that Moscow would not dodge participation in the humanitarian summit in Istanbul. "Russia is a consistent and responsible participant in international humanitarian cooperation. We are large donors of humanitarian aid, that’s why we are not going to dodge participating in the summit," Zakharova said.
At the same time, the diplomat noted that while the summit’s tasks are relevant, organizers’ approach to preparing the event and the presumed status of final documents raises questions. Among proposals of UN secretariat is that permanent members of UN Security Council should refuse to use their veto right in some cases, and that countries should refuse their sovereignty in separate cases.