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13 April 2022, 13:42

Suspension of Russia from HRC slammed as manipulation of activities of UN bodies

Anatoly Glaz. An archive photo
Anatoly Glaz. An archive photo

MINSK, 13 April (BelTA) – The resolution to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council is a very dangerous precedent of manipulating the activities of the UN bodies, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anatoly Glaz told reporters.

“It is quite obvious for many experts and international affairs specialists that the resolution to suspend the rights of membership of the Russian Federation in the Human Rights Council is a very dangerous precedent of manipulating the activities of the UN bodies. This decision shows very clearly how the collective West is acting in the UN. They dropped multilateral diplomacy a long time ago, instead they are simply promoting their interests using their power and economic intimidation. Yet, the essence of multilateral diplomacy is to accommodate interests of many players and to achieve broad compromises,” the spokesman said.

According to him, this coalition has long been ridding the UN and other international organizations of all alternative points of view, subordinating and using them to achieve their own political and economic goals and to defend the interests of their large corporations. “Everything else, as they say, ‘threatens the interests of our democracy'. Their rationale is as simple as that,” Anatoly Glaz noted.

“For a long time many countries, including Russia, have been warning about dramatic repercussions of such a policy and they are becoming increasingly vocal about it. We also did this once again when the UN General Assembly was passing a resolution to suspend Russia's membership in the Human Rights Council. While addressing immediate political goals, which is in fact just an attempt by a group of Western countries to take revenge on Russia, they stubbornly refuse to realize the destructive consequences of such a policy for the entire system of international cooperation,” Anatoly Glaz said.

According to him, Belarus has consistently opposed any attempts to manipulate the UN bodies using political instruments: “We will continue to defend justice and the fundamental principle of equality of sovereign states in the UN. Any pressure on Belarus is pointless.”

“Belarus will never agree with the use of force by the West to push through its interests both in bilateral relations and in international organizations. I believe, like the entire world, that we are interested in keeping the UN as a platform for maintaining dialogue and finding collective solutions to acute problems, and not for blackmail, criticism, harassment, legalization of fake news or information wars,” Anatoly Glaz concluded.

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