OREANDA-NEWSWestern countries and their allies, which blocked the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a declaration of solidarity in the fight against coronavirus, have signed their inability to abandon politicized approaches and narrow interests even in the face of a global threat. This is stated in a message posted on the website of the Permanent Mission of Russia to the UN.

As the Permanent Mission reminded, “on April 22, a group of Western and adjoining states again prevented the adoption of the draft UN declaration on solidarity in the fight against coronavirus proposed by Russia, co-sponsored by 34 member countries of the organization together with the Russian Federation”. It was based on the desire to urge partners to join forces to counter the pandemic and to support developing countries, including by lifting the unilateral sanctions against them.

The document also emphasized the importance of universal coverage of health services, increasing the production of medicines and their availability, providing international financial institutions with support to countries in need, and sending urgent humanitarian assistance. The manifestations of racism and xenophobia in the context of the fight against infection were condemned, and the need to respect human rights was emphasized.