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Russia is planning to leave the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization as Putin continues to isolate his country from the West over the invasion of Ukraine.
















Russia is planning to leave the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization as Putin continues to isolate his country from the West over the invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian government intends to withdraw from the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization as Putin continues to isolate his country from the West following the invasion of Ukraine.

Moscow’s Foreign Ministry sent a list of international organisations to parliament yesterday, with instructions to review it and break “obligations [or] treaties that do not bring benefit, but direct damage to our country,” deputy speaker Pyotr Tolstoy said.

According to Russian news agencies, the list includes the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization.

It comes after Western countries used sanctions to cut off large parts of the Russian economy from global trade, with hundreds of Western businesses leaving the country to protest the war.

WHO member states have already attempted to coerce the health organisation into taking action in response to the invasion.

They approved a non-binding resolution last week condemning Russian attacks on Ukrainian healthcare facilities and the impact of the war on public health.

The same resolution asked WHO chiefs to consider closing their Moscow office and relocating it outside of the country.

Russia condemned the resolution as ‘exclusively political in nature,’ claiming it had no bearing on either country’s healthcare provision.

Plans to leave the WTO have been floated numerous times in Moscow. After 19 years of negotiations, Russia finally joined the global body in 2012.








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