Putin authorises Russia's withdrawal from UNWTO after suspension over war in Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin finally authorised Moscow's formal withdrawal from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (WTO) on Friday following a long wait after it was suspended in April over the "unprovoked" attack on Ukraine. In the decree, the Russian Foreign Ministry also claimed that the UN body- responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable, and universally accepted tourism- was "monopolised" by European nations.
For the unversed, the UNWTO, which includes 160 members, was established in 1946 and encourages "responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. In April, the UN body members voted in the majority and stripped Russia from its membership position, further annulling all its rights and privileges as part of the specialised agency.
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