Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed the official order for Russia's withdrawal from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The corresponding message appeared on the official portal of legal information. Recall that it was planned to delete Russia from the organization since April. Now Russia will “company” those countries that were not members of the UNWTO. Tourism will not suffer much damage – experts assure.
“In accordance with Article 36 of the Federal Law “On International Treaties of the Russian Federation”, to accept the proposal of the Russian Foreign Ministry, agreed with the federal executive authorities concerned, on the withdrawal of the Russian Federation from the World Tourism Organization,” the published order says.
The head of Rostourism, Zarina Doguzova, commented on the situation as follows: Russia, despite its withdrawal from the UNWTO, will remain in the international tourism arena. The agency is open to dialogue with all countries and will continue to cooperate with foreign colleagues.
Recall that at the end of April, on the initiative of the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization Zurab Pololikashvili, with the support of the European Union, a campaign was carried out to remove Russia from participation in the UNWTO. They justified this by a Russian special operation. At the same time, on March 18, the official representative of the UN Secretary General, Stephane Dujarric, said that the suspension of Russia's membership in the World Tourism Organization could create a disastrous precedent.
Note that there are not many other countries in the lists of the association. So, Thailand and Malaysia entered and left there, the Netherlands and Ireland never joined. Withdrew from the organization including the United States, Great Britain and Canada. In general, experts note that the exit is an image step, which in the current geopolitical situation is unlikely to have any serious consequences.
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