Russia, China and six other countries asked Guterres to call for the lifting of sanctions

The representations of Russia, as well as Venezuela, Iran, China, DPRK, Cuba, Nicaragua and Syria to the UN sent a letter to Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the organization, asking him to call on the international community to lift unilateral sanctions that prevent countries from fighting against COVID-19. A copy of the letter was posted on Twitter by the Russian mission to the UN, reports RG.

“We respectfully call on you to demand the full and immediate lifting of such illegal coercive and unjustified measures of economic pressure … to ensure a comprehensive and effective response of all members of the international community to the coronavirus,” the letter reads.

The message also noted that Coronavirus is today a common enemy for humanity and that they are ready to “prepare, accelerate, activate,” as Guterres previously called for. However, for some countries to follow this call is hindered by unilateral sanctions, “which are illegal and in flagrant violation of international law and the Charter of the United Nations,” said the authors of the letter. In particular, this concerns restrictions on access to international financial systems, as well as unhindered trade, which, in turn, prevents the governments of these countries in time to find the necessary means to provide sufficient supplies of equipment and medicines.