18 May 2020 14:36

Moscow sees no reason for inquiry against WHO over Covid-19 pandemic - Russia's Matviyenko

MOSCOW. May 18 (Interfax) - Moscow sees no reason to conduct an investigation regarding the World Health Organization (WHO) over the coronavirus pandemic and believes that there is currently no alternative to the WHO, Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko told Interfax on Monday.

"Today, there is definitely no reason to hold a trial, conduct any investigations, or destroy the useful assets that have been accumulated by humankind for decades. Of course, Russia will be opposed to such actions," Matviyenko said when asked whether Russia would support a proposal to investigate the WHO's work in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Under no circumstances can one allow today to destroy this institution," she said.

"In the absence of any common sense, ideas have even emerged to set up some alternative structure. Certainly, this mustn't be done now; it's not the time," Matviyenko said.