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Russian trade unions call to refrain from sanctions

August 12, 2014, 19:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW

We call on all countries to refrain from economic sanctions as a tool to solve political problems,” the statement says

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MOSCOW, August 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Federation of Independent Trade Unions has called to refrain from economic sanctions as a instrument of settling political disputes.

“The Russian Federation of Independent Trade Unions expresses serious concern over the unfolding war of sanctions between the United States, the European Union, Russia and other countries, which is fraught with affecting more and more economic sectors. In the long run, it might hurt ordinary people,” the federation said in a statement published on its website on Tuesday. “We call on all countries to refrain from economic sanctions as a tool to solve political problems.”

Apart from that, the federation urged “both parties to the Ukrainian conflict to stop hostilities in Ukraine and take all possible measures to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine.” It called of trade unions worldwide to “launch struggle against wars and economic sanctions.”

Boris Kravchenko, the president of Russia’s Labour Confederation and a member of the human rights council, told IITAR-TASS on Tuesday the confederation was in talks with the International and European Trade Union Confederations to pool efforts to make it possible for the international trade union movement have a say in the sanction matter to mitigate sanction impacts “on the working classes in the former Soviet Union and Europe in general.”

“The sanction war stems from the combat operations unfolding in eastern Ukraine,” he said. “Wage workers in Ukraine, Russia and the entire Europe are interested in the soonest end to the fratricidal war”.

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