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The international parliamentary conference “Parliamentarians for Peace” was held in the State Duma

On May 22, the second International Parliamentary Conference “Parliamentarians for Peace” was held in the format of the VKS, at which an exchange of views took place between members of parliaments and international parliamentary organizations of Latin America and deputies of the State Duma.

This year, more than a hundred parliamentarians from Latin American countries took part in the conference. The conference is organized by the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) and the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

The conference is held with the aim of establishing strong contacts between the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, on the one hand, and Russia, on the other hand, through an open and equal exchange of views, free from the imposition of any position. Such dialogue allows us to better understand the motives of action and the interests of each side, and strengthens contacts in both bilateral and multilateral formats.

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky emphasized that the modern era shows that the period of unconditional dominance of the countries of the “golden billion” is coming to a logical end. Today, a new model is being built – a multipolar world in which the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, along with the states of other regions, will occupy a worthy place based on their human, economic, natural, and intellectual resources.

“Resistance to these processes on the part of the countries of the collective West will still be quite long, but the construction of a new geopolitical order is inevitable. Last year, in my speech, I mentioned 15 thousand sanctions against Russia imposed by Western countries. Today there are more than 19 thousand. In this regard, our parliaments are faced with the task of legislative support for the upcoming transition. Many factors that we will have to face have not yet been formed, so our work will have to respond promptly to emerging challenges and threats, the needs of our voters,” noted Leonid Slutsky.

Leonid Slutsky clarified that the countries of the collective West do not hide their efforts to interfere in political, especially electoral, processes in many countries.

“In an attempt to eliminate leaders who promote national interests, they use the media, information technology, social networks and non-governmental organizations that depend on them. At the same time, Western countries do not invest in the economy and social sphere, but use their influence to access resources and receive excess income,” he added.

To counter such a policy, comprehensive work is required, including in the security sphere: it is necessary to adopt national legislative acts that prevent the uncontrolled influence of external forces on internal political processes.

First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Ivan Melnikov, in turn, emphasized that interaction between Russia and Latin American countries is actively developing despite the opposition of the United States and its allies.

“There is nothing surprising. Our cooperation has deep and strong roots, and Russia has no colonial history,” noted Ivan Melnikov.

Russian foreign policy has always been built on the principles of equality and consideration of each other’s positions.

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