PROFESSOR PIOTROVSKY RESPONDS TO US WITHDRAWAL FROM UNESCO

in an interview with reporters in St Petersburg on Tuesday 17 October 2017, Professor Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum and Head of the Union of Museums of Russia, described the US’s withdrawal from UNESCO as 'sad'. He emphasised, however, that the action will not affect the organisation’s activities:

'I believe any country’s withdrawal from UNESCO is a sad fact, because this is the place where people who have different points of view can talk to each other. In the United Nations, for example, it is difficult for enemies to talk to each other, while there [in UNESCO] that’s possible.'