The SCO Secretary General is sure that Russia will cope with any sanctions

UN, November 23 RIA Novosti, Olga Denisova. Economic relations within the Shanghai cooperation organization (SCO) is able to neutralize the effect of the anti-Russian sanctions, said SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov. He has no doubts that Russia “will cope with any sanctions.”

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated over the situation in Ukraine. At the end of July 2014, the EU and the USA from the point of sanctions against certain individuals and companies have moved to measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Moscow has restricted the import of food products from countries that supported limitation.

Alimov responded positively to the question of whether the SCO to neutralize the effects of sanctions imposed against one of the members of the organization. “Of course, when one of our member States are experiencing difficulties, we strive to mobilize their internal resources to offer the necessary assistance”, he said.

In new York Alimov participated in organized by the permanent mission of Kazakhstan and the SCO Secretariat the meeting about the interaction between the UN and the SCO in countering the threats.

“First, we have no doubt that Russia will cope with any sanctions. This sanctions policy initially, and I have repeatedly said, is doomed to failure. Secondly, it is a double-edged sword. Not for me to say how it affects the economy of those countries that have declared sanctions”, said Alimov.

He also stressed that Russia is actively developing import substitution, “relying on our own strength and capabilities and potential of member States of the SCO”.

“Central Asia is now one of the main suppliers of fruit and vegetables… we Have great resources. You just have to know when to rebuild all this,” said Alimov. “We (SCO) are not afraid of sanctions, we are not afraid of anything. We go a calm even pace, not ahead of time, but in pace with time”, he added.

Earlier, officials of Uzbekistan reported that the volume of export of fruit and vegetables in Russia can be doubled by the end of 2016 and up to 500 thousand tons per year.

Founded in 2001, the SCO includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In 2015 the SCO was launched the procedure of admission of India and Pakistan. Country dialogue partners Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka.