Russia's PM approves withdrawal from UNWTO

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Russia's PM approves withdrawal from UNWTO

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin speaks to the Intergovernmental Council of the Eurasian Economic Union in Yerevan on October 9, 2020. PHOTO AFP MOSCOW Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order on Friday authorizing the country's withdrawal from the World Tourism Organization UNWTO. The proposal was made by the Russian Foreign Ministry, which had reached an agreement with relevant government bodies, according to the published order.

On April 27th, the UNWTO members voted to suspend Russia from the organization after the Russian delegation announced its withdrawal.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry said later that day that the UNWTO was monopolized by the European Union countries, which use it in their own interests. Moscow criticized the politicization of UNWTO activities and the discrimination against Russia.