Lavrov: the politicization of humanitarian ties leads to the emergence of new dividing lines

MOSCOW, November 16. The politicization of human relations, discrimination, culture and media leads to new dividing lines. This opinion was expressed by Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in an article published in the newspaper “the businessman” and devoted to the 70th anniversary of the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO).

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“In recent times has, unfortunately, increasingly face the politicization of humanitarian ties, including discriminatory action against workers of culture and art, a ban on the import of exhibits, the demolition of historic monuments, – said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry. – It is obvious that such actions, as well as restrictions on the work of journalists, media discrimination on grounds of nationality violate the rights of people to cultural and intellectual communication, lead to the emergence of new dividing lines”.

The Minister drew attention to the Russian initiative “to establish an international instrument in support of the free nature of the exchanges and cooperation in the field of culture and arts” and expressed Russia’s readiness to consistently achieve approval of this document in accordance with the fundamental values of UNESCO.

“I am convinced that in a rapidly changing world it is necessary to make full use of creative potential of UNESCO in the interests of ensuring stability and progress for the benefit of all States and peoples”, – said Lavrov.

Relations of the Russian Federation and UNESCO – a partnership example

Cooperation between Russia and UNESCO is a good example of a mutually enriching partnership, Lavrov said.

“Our country became a full member of UNESCO in 1954, – the Minister reminded. – This has opened up additional opportunities for participation in international cooperation in education, science, culture, information, contributed to the expansion of the contribution of UNESCO to the solution of actual problems of modernity”.

“Today we can confidently say that interaction between Russia and UNESCO is a good example of a mutually enriching partnership – Lavrov said. – It is difficult to imagine development of education, science, culture, communications in Russia without the participation of the organization. As it is impossible to imagine Russia without the implementation of initiatives and projects aimed at promoting intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity, the development of fundamental science, the protection of the world heritage, the preservation of national identity, the development ethics of scientific progress, ensuring the safety of journalists, control of the Internet”.

The head of the Russian foreign Ministry stressed that during the 38th session of the UNESCO General conference in Paris “our country reaffirmed the commitment – given its status as a great cultural power, centuries-old traditions of peaceful coexistence of different ethnic groups and religions continue to actively and constructively participate in the work of the organization, to help address the challenges