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Russia considers its suspension as OAS observer a serious mistake

Moscow, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoli Antonov on Friday considered his country's suspension as a permanent observer of the Organization of American States (OAS), due to the conflict with Ukraine, a serious mistake.

The diplomat’s statements came on Thursday, at a special meeting of the OAS Permanent Council to discuss the issue, at which he was denied the opportunity to speak, either before or after the vote on the document.

“Today, the OAS became weaker. It rejected a reliable friend. In this situation, nearly all OAS countries lost, with few exceptions. We understand that our Latin American partners are under an unprecedented pressure from the United States and its satellites,” the diplomat said.

The official pointed out that the mission of any international structure is to unite the States to solve urgent problems, of which the region is plentiful, he said, and mentioned as examples the post-Covid-19 economic recovery, the fight against poverty and the correction of social inequality.

The ambassador stressed that since Russia began interacting with the organization in 1992, progress has been made in working together in the fight against terrorism and drugs.

Twenty-five members of the OAS Permanent Council approved the resolution to suspend Russia’s status as an observer, while Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines abstained.