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14 September 2021, 09:00

Opinion: Politically motivated decisions are detrimental to inter-state relations

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MINSK, 14 September (BelTA) – Politically motivated decisions do not contribute to better relations between countries, President of the International Confederation of Trade Unions of Healthcare Workers Anatoly Domnikov said on the sidelines of the international conference “Impact of Global Economic Challenges on Social and Labor Rights” which is underway in Minsk on 13-14 September.

“A case in point is the European Union's unwillingness to recognize COVID-19 vaccines registered in Russia and recognized in more than 60 countries of the world,” Anatoly Domnikov said citing an example.

By now, five COVID-19 vaccines have been registered in Russia. “However, none of them is recognized by the European Union, and this is not for medical, but for political reasons. Such decisions cannot serve to strengthen constructive relations between countries and do not help joint efforts to combat the impact of global economic challenges,” he said.

He went on saying that sanctions are detrimental to national economies and consequently affect countries' ability to finance their health systems.

The conference in Minsk is attended by reputable Belarusian and foreign experts, specialists in international law, representatives of the UN organizations and structures, judicial authorities, ambassadors of foreign countries, MPs, public figures. Over the course of two days, they will discuss initiatives to maintain stability in the world and to defend fundamental human rights. One of the central issues of the forum is the illegality of the use of economic sanctions.

Plans are in place to work out a resolution to be sent to the EU, the ILO and the UN.

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