Syrian opposition ready for direct talks with government delegation — representativeWorld February 22, 21:56
UN Syria envoy expects no breakthrough at new round of Syria talksWorld February 22, 21:09
Russia opposes sharing responsibility for fate of Middle East refugeesRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 22, 20:36
First woman in space Valentina Tereshkova may meet with Queen Elizabeth IIRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 22, 20:27
Spain’s famous footballer Puyol returns to Russia next week ahead of FIFA 2017, 2018 CupsSport February 22, 20:15
Putin promotes generals to higher military ranks after Syria operationMilitary & Defense February 22, 19:56
Russia, Turkey may discuss purchase of S-400 systems at March talksMilitary & Defense February 22, 19:18
European human rights watchdog welcomes court’s ruling on Russian opposition activistWorld February 22, 18:42
Maslenitsa festival: a week of pancakes and joySociety & Culture February 22, 17:49
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.
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."