Global emergencies, IFRC President Rocca meets Russia's President Putin
The President of the Italian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Francesco Rocca, met the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in Moscow
During the meeting President Rocca brought to the Russian leader’s attention the priorities and the ongoing humanitarian challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the equitable distribution of vaccines, the migration crisis on the Belarus-Polish border and how to strengthen the support to the Russian Red Cross and the fundamental role of local actors in responding to emergencies.
Rocca meets Vladimir Putin: “it is fundamental to involve world leaders in humanitarian discussions”
“It is fundamental to involve world leaders in humanitarian discussions, particularly at this time when the pandemic is affecting every country in the world.
We know that the Russian Federation is a key player that can influence the global agenda: that’s why it was so important to have this meeting with President Putin.
It was a constructive discussion on common humanitarian priorities and challenges. I want to thank President Putin for his efforts to achieve equity in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, to support the Red Cross’ work with migrants and to support our Russian sisterhood.
Local actors, like the Russian Red Cross, know the culture, speak the language and enjoy the trust of their communities.
During the pandemic, given the travel bans and restrictions, trained local actors such as our National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies proved crucial in saving more lives and reaching the most vulnerable.
The IFRC is working together with the Russian Red Cross to increase the reach and impact of humanitarian work at the local level”.