Politicizing international institutions hampers resolution of global problems — official

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State Duma First Deputy Speaker Ivan Melnikov

State Duma First Deputy Speaker Ivan Melnikov


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BUENOS AIRES, November 2. /TASS/. Excessive politicization of a number of international institutions is only hampering efforts to resolve global problems and in the long run contributing to global turbulence, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Friday.

“You know that Russia’s participation in G7 has been suspended. Currently, Russia’s further presence in the Council of Europe is under question. All this is a consequence of excessive politicization of these international institutions,” Ivan Melnikov, the first deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, said at a meeting of parliament speakers from the G20 nations.

According to the Russian lawmaker, such politicization in no way helps achieve common tasks. “Shattering business cooperation triggers regional and global turbulence,” he said.

He noted that in the recent years the authority of international institutions and the traditional canons of diplomacy have been undermined because of “scandals, threats, blackmailing, isolation, blockades and provocations shaking relations between states” day after day. “As a result, objective negative tendencies in the global economy receive a huge impetus from arbitrary, unnecessary actions that do harm to everyone,” he said.

Apart from that, Melnikov drew attention to a “tendency when public diplomacy becomes more resembling of a tabloid.” “A politician throws a loud statement which flies to the mass media as a hand grenade, destroying everything on its way. Or makes an unexpected U-turn in his country’s approaches. Or threatens to take measures that are based on ungrounded accusations, whose consequences for the entire global economy are unpredictable,” he said. “All of this only creates artificial credibility gaps,” he stressed.

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