NEW DELHI, October 21. /TASS/. A number of Western countries are trying to put pressure on the leadership and some member countries of Interpol to use the organization for their own political interests, and this has affected the results of the election of Interpol’s vice-president, in which a Russian nominee took part, Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Pyotr Gorodov told TASS on Friday.
At the Interpol General Assembly in New Delhi, the election of Interpol’s vice-president from Europe took place, and Gorodov was nominated for this position. A Belgian candidate was elected, according to the election results.
"A number of Western countries are trying to put pressure on the leadership and individual member countries of Interpol to exploit the organization for their political interests," said Gorodov, who headed the Russian delegation in New Delhi.
"This situation affected the outcome of the election. Delegates from some countries stated that representatives from numerous Western countries practically coerced delegations into voting for their candidate," he said.
Russian delegation at the Interpol General Assembly
The Russian deputy prosecutor general said that as a result of the Russian delegation’s efforts, attempts to put the Ukraine-drafted resolution amending the Interpol Charter, which will provide for Russia’s expulsion from the organization, to a vote at the General Assembly were rejected.
The Russian delegation submitted draft resolutions highlighting Interpol’s neutral status. A majority approved the decision to forward the draft resolutions to experts for further consideration.
"In general, the session’s proceedings can be characterized as constructive, lacking any political motivation," Gavrilov said.
According to the Russian deputy prosecutor general, "it proves that Interpol remains a non-politicized international police organization aimed at jointly combating transnational organized crime in all 195 Interpol member countries."
The 90th Interpol General Assembly was held in New Delhi from October 18-20, bringing together representatives from 166 out of the total 195 member nations of Interpol. A Russian inter-agency delegation led by Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Pyotr Gorodov attended the session.