MOSCOW, may 13 — RIA Novosti. UN chief Antonio Guterres supported the appeal of the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky addressed to parliamentary organizations, politicians in the United States and the European Union, about the need to abolish unilateral sanctions against the background of the pandemic coronavirus.

the text of the letter Guterres is available to RIA Novosti.

Slutsky in April appealed to the politicians of the EU, the US, UK and inter-parliamentary organizations to abandon the sanctions policy against the background of the situation with coronavirus. In the appeal it was said that in the context of the global epidemic threat it is time to stop thinking in the paradigm of deterrence that puts ordinary people on the brink of survival.

“I fully share your views on the need for international cooperation in the fight against certain aspects of this global challenge. I call upon member States UN, including the Russian Federation, to support each other in the struggle with the biggest crisis of our time in the field of health, including through funding a Global plan for humanitarian response, launched in March 2020,” — said in response Guterres.

He noted that he had received support from Russia in the issue of global ceasefire to facilitate the fight against the pandemic COVID-19 and asked all members of the international community to join the speedy implementation of this call.

the UN Secretary-General in his letter to the leaders of the “Group of twenty” on March 26 urged to refrain from sanctions that might undermine the ability of States to respond effectively to the challenges of the pandemic.

“And I repeated my call subsequent briefing with member countries March 27. I intend to continue in public and private to actively participate in addressing these issues. Hoping for support from the government and the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of our joint efforts to combat the devastating pandemic and to ensure the safety and well-being of all mankind”, — the letter says Guterres.

the world health organization on 11 March announced the outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest who data, there have been recorded more than 4 million infections, over 283 thousand people died.