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Russia sees West’s attempts to politicise work of UN bodies — deputy foreign minister

June 26, 2015, 13:16 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister spoke about UNESCO as an example. "Now they "are discussing already the Ukrainian issue there, the Crimean issue," Gennady Gatilov said
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Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov

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MOSCOW, June 26. /TASS/. The West is trying to use bodies of the United Nations Organisation for its own political agenda, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Russian legislators on Friday.

"Over these 70 years, the biggest result of the UN work is not to allow the world develop another global war," the deputy foreign minister said during a session devoted to the 70th anniversary of the Organisation. "UN is not ideal, and we all are aware of its week sides, but its key objective - to unite the nations - remains."

The UN’s achievements of the past decades "deserve most positive estimations, though many things have not been done."

"The fact that the UN sometimes cannot fulfil the tasks and decisions it makes reflects that it is effective as much as its member-countries want it to be, and this is the biggest problem," he said.

"The Western counterparts have been trying to use the UN and its organisations for having their own political agenda," the diplomat said. "Moreover, the bodies, which have been purely humanitarian, cultural or social are being politicised now."

He spoke about UNESCO as an example. Now they "are discussing already the Ukrainian issue there, the Crimean issue."

"The human rights council in Geneva, which is excessively political now, is now used by Western counterparts to discuss nation-related stories. The objective here is to impose their own views on human rights and to use the platform as a means for pressure on inconvenient regimes," the Russian deputy minister said.

On that background, Russia’s task is to "offer a uniting agenda for all member-countries to see how together we may respond to the major challenges and threats the mankind is facing," he said. "Those are threat of terrorism, the anthropogenic catastrophes, overcoming diseases, and many other tasks.".

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