The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented on the decision of UNESCO to add the historical center of Odessa to the World Heritage List. This has been reported Web site foreign policy department.
As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs put it, a group of countries belonging to the “collective West” sought to include the candidacy in the list of World Heritage in Danger, “without backed by the candor, political motives, and the necessary expert judgment of the “unimpartial UNESCO Secretariat”, “the history of the port city of Odessa.” center” was rushed.
Russian diplomats pointed out that this decision was prepared in haste and does not comply with current UNESCO standards. By this, Western states have shown their disregard for the World Heritage Committee’s rules of procedure and “willingness to sacrifice UNESCO’s once high prestige and its 1972 “flagship” Convention for immediate geopolitical interests. .
“The placement and use of military installations and weapons in the port area of Odessa deserves separate condemnation from UNESCO. But for some reason they don’t remember it, ”said he.
Former Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova accused The head of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, is in ignorance against the background of the organization’s decision on Odessa. She noted that the historical center of the city was given World Heritage status under the pretext of protection.
Before that, Ukraine was the Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to UNESCO. hidden From organizational data on the demolition of monuments in the historical center of Odessa before inclusion on the World Heritage List.