“Latin American countries
have been facing such challenges for decades and have been fighting for their
independence, for the right to plan their own future. Our country has been dealing
with sanctions and trade wars for already 10 years. During this period of time,
17.5 thousand of them were imposed on our country,” said the Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin
Vyacheslav Victorovich The Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the eighth convocation. Elected in single mandate constituency № 163 (Saratov constituency - Saratov Oblast) at the plenary session of the First International Parliamentary Conference “Russia — Latin America”.
He condemned the way of using sanctions as a tool to restrain the development of Russia and Latin American countries. “But at the same time, the time we live in is a time of opportunities, and those who overcome sanctions, become stronger, win. In 2012, the United States of America was the leading world economy. 10 years later, during the sanctions struggle and trade wars that the United States launched against Russia, China, Iran, and waged against Cuba, other Latin American countries, North Korea, the United States dropped to the second place. China is number one now,” emphasized Vyacheslav Volodin.
“We also had to do a lot and change ourselves”, emphasized Vyacheslav Volodin. “You can see the result: Russia was the sixth leading world economy, and now it is the fifth economy, overtaking Germany. Germany dropped to sixth place. England is number 10, France — 9. Russia has become the largest European economy, and this is the result of the sanctions war, the sanctions policy launched by Washington and Brussels,” he added.
Vyacheslav Volodin called Cuba an example of fortitude, fighter against the imposition of policies by the foreign states and overcomer of the consequences of sanctions pressure: “The Island of Freedom defends its sovereignty, does everything for Cuba’s life. This is a good example for us of how we should work, how we should fight, how we should love our country. And I hope that the capabilities of parliaments will give us [strength] so that we can develop not only relations between our countries, but also do everything possible to overcome sanctions, to build a multipolar world, to build a just world order, because it should not be like that when one country decides the future of the whole world, of all other states.”
On September 29 — October 2, the First International Parliamentary Conference
“Russia – Latin America” is being held in Moscow at the initiative of the State
Duma. More than 200 participants, including parliamentarians from different
countries of Latin America and the Caribbean Region, representatives of the expert community, public figures and diplomats are expected to take part in the Conference. They plan to discuss with their Russian colleagues relevant issues
of the international parliamentary agenda.
On Friday, September 29, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin addressed the Conference participants.
The following round tables were held as part of the events of the Conference:
- Equal and mutually beneficial economic cooperation: role of the parliaments
- Development of humanitarian ties between Russia and Latin America: contribution of the parliaments
- Just multipolar world: role of the parliamentary diplomacy
- Security for all: position of the parliaments
On October 2, the plenary session of the International Parliamentary Conference “Russia – Latin America” is being held at the State Duma (the Pillar Hall of the House of the Unions) on the topic “Cooperation for a just world for all”.