The U.S. is acting as an “unreliable partner” by refusing to take part in the UN Global Compact on Migration, First Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian upper house of parliament Vladimir Dzhabarov has said.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that the U.S. was withdrawing from the Global Compact on Migration, an agreement aimed at improving the migrant and refugee policies across the world.
The U.S. mission to the UN announced the decision on Saturday and explained it by the US need to determine its immigration policy on its own.
“It is not the first time that the U.S. behaved as an unreliable partner, with one administration announcing its intention to participate in the international treaties and another one denouncing these claims.
“However, the U.S. citizens withdraw from the international agreement on migration, hoping to tackle immigration issue with Mexico through the construction of a wall.
“Therefore, Europe does not expect the US support and assistance,” Dzhabarov told Sputnik.
Dzhabarov noted that Europe might be “irritated” by the US decision since it had gone through a dire migration crisis.
In September 2016, world leaders adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants at the UN General Assembly, which stipulates, in particular, the need to work out a global compact for migration in 2018, as an effort to facilitate safe and orderly migration.
European countries have been experiencing a severe migration crisis since 2015 due to the influx of thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing violence in their home countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa.
Hundreds of thousands of migrants are trying to reach EU states using various routes, including via Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Balkan states.