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Russian lawmaker sees no alternative to UN in modern world

June 16, 2016, 17:14 UTC+3 ST. PETERSBURG

Russia's Federation Council speaker says Moscow supports expansion of cooperation with the UN

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Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko

Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko

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ST. PETERSBURG, June 16. /TASS/. There is no alternative to the United Nations Organization in the modern world, Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Thursday.

"There is definitely no alternative to UN now. We will continue supporting expansion of cooperation between Russia and UN, as well as active participation (in UN)," Matviyenko said at the meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at Tauride Palace in St. Petersburg.

She noted that Russia constructively cooperate with UN in all spheres "not only as UN Security Council member but also as a country that supports the universal nature of the United Nations Organization, as a country that supports UN’s leading role in global affairs and strengthening UN institutions," the lawmaker stressed.

The lawmaker described Ban Ki-moon as "an outstanding statesman, an authoritative person." UN has tried to carry out a balanced policy over the last 10 years, she added.

Matviyenko noted that during his term as UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon visited Russia eight times. "We consider you as a big friend of our country. Despite the fact that your term ends at the end of this year, I want you to know that you will always be welcome in Russia," she concluded.

Russia-EU relations

According to the lawmaker, the participation of influential Western politicians in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum shows the absence of "monolithic unity" in EU toward Russia.

"The fact that influential politicians came to the forum shows that there is no monolithic unity on anti-Russian basis in the framework of the European Union anymore, it is gradually eroding," Matviyenko said.

She noted that participation of Western politicians in SPIEF confirms that Europe starts to understand "the pointlessness of attempts to influence Russia by means of political and economic pressure, by fanning tensions, creating threats in the sphere of security." "This give a chance to normalize the situation," she said. "However, it will not happen in one moment as too many disagreements have been accumulated," she added.

Matviyenko also urged not to overestimate the independence of European countries in global politics since Washington’s position on extending sanctions "is something like a directive for Brussels, for several EU member countries." "At the same time, I would not say we see the start of a drastic turn for the better in international relations, including on the issue of sanctions," she stressed.

"The confrontation of different approaches is obvious" in EU, she said adding that "it is hard to say how it will end."

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