Photo by Adamchuk “Oleshkivsky Sands”
Today, Russia’s membership in the World Tourism Organization was suspended by a majority vote at the UN WTO General Assembly.
Europe’s largest desert Oleshkivsky Sands, 9 national parks, the world-famous biosphere reserve “Askania-Nova”, Dzharilgach Island, the resort coast of the Sea of Azov – this is a non-exhaustive list of tourist gems of Ukraine, which captured Russia. A state that commits such crimes, not to mention the murders of thousands of civilians in Ukraine, has no legal or moral right to be part of the civilized world.
The exclusion of Russia resulted from systematic work by the Ministry of Infrastructure. Back in early March, we initiated appeals to 11 international infrastructure organizations, including the UN WTO, to expel Russia from them. Today we have received a practical result of these efforts.
“I am grateful to all the states that supported Russia’s exile. Thanks to this decision, Russia’s tourism industry will be pushed back in development for decades to come. We will continue to do our utmost to keep Russia in a total blockade,” said Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov.
Forty countries favored excluding Russia, while 11 voted against, including Syria, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Korea, China and Egypt.