Ukraine wants Russian climbers banned from Himalayas — Analysis

The request from Kiev was ignored, with Nepal saying its mountains are “global assets”

A Nepalese tourism official said on Tuesday that his country won’t stop Russian climbers scaling the peaks of the Himalayas. Ukraine previously asked Nepal not to allow Russian mountaineering groups into the country. “until the end of the Russian invasion.”

“There has been no change in our policy so far,”Taranath Adhikari was the director for Nepal’s Tourism Department. “We believe our mountains are global assets and any countries’ citizens willing to visit them for attainment of peace should be allowed to do so – as long as they do it within our legal provisions,”He concluded.

In a letter to the Nepalese government last week, Ukraine’s embassy to India and Nepal in New Delhi noted that Russian athletes have already been banned from the International Olympic Committee and “many other”International sporting organisations 

“Taking into consideration the above, the esteemed Nepalese side is kindly requested to ban Russian mountaineering teams until the end of [the] Russian invasion into Ukraine,”It reads as follows: The original copy capitalized the names of all countries involved, except Russia. 

The flying of a Russian flag over Nepal’s mountains, the letter concludes, is a “matter of deep moral concern.”

However, in addition to Adhikari’s announcement, officials at Nepal’s embassy in New Delhi told the BBC that they “received no communication” regarding Ukraine’s request. 

BBC reported that 9 Russian climbers received permits to climb in Nepal this season. One person has been given permission to climb Annapurna I (8.091m) while eight others were granted permits to scale lower peaks.

“We are professional operators, and we serve our clients irrespective of their nationalities,”BBC: Dambar Parajuli (President Expedition Operators Association of Nepal)

Sports federation accused of ‘leading anti-Russian front’

Russians were recently subject to sporting bans. Their shops and restaurants have been vandalized in many western cities. They also had their UK assets taken. Many of their fellow Russians were expelled from the high culture worlds and removed from classical music. 

Last week, Vladimir Putin, Russian President accused Western elites “trying to cancel the whole of our thousand-year-old country, our people.”In a statement earlier in the month, Russia’s Foreign Ministry indicated that it would be taking note. “the unprecedented level of Russophobia”And that “those responsible will be brought to responsibility in accordance with the current law.”

Moscow sent troops into Ukraine in late February, following a seven-year standoff over Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk.

To regulate the status of these regions in the Ukrainian state, the French and German-brokered protocols were created.

Russia is now demanding that Ukraine declares itself neutral, and that it will not join NATO. Kiev denies claims that Russia planned to take over Donbass and says it did not respond to the Russian attack.

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