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Russia proposes to move UN HQ from US to neutral country

Russia has proposed that the United Nations Headquarters be relocated from the United States to a neutral country.

“We are positive about the idea of moving the UN headquarters to a neutral state,” said Pyotr Ilyichev, Director of the Department of International Organizations of the Russian Foreign Ministry. “Such a step would make it possible to remove unnecessary tension from the complex process of searching for collective answers to the global challenges of our time.”

“In addition, our work would become much less politicized than it is now.”

At the same time, he observed that the chance of this happening is minimal because it requires the cooperation of several countries, which is currently impossible to achieve, according to Russian media.

“For its adoption, the consent of all or at least the majority of the UN member states is required, which is currently unrealistic to mobilise, in particular, due to the significant financial costs of such a step.

“Not in favour of the initiative is the fact that in 2014 the capital reconstruction of the Secretariat building was completed, including the General Assembly Hall, which now meets all modern technical standards,” a Ministry official said


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