Putin: ‘Russia and ILO have close and constructive cooperation’

President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, met in St. Petersburg with Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder.

News | 23 April 2019
ST. PETERSBURG (ILO News) – President Putin opened the meeting by congratulating the ILO Director-General on the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization.

“Russia and the ILO have established close and constructive cooperation. Together we work to provide employment, decent wages, labour protection and do many other things in coordination and consultation with you,’ said Putin.

He also referred to the Programme of Cooperation between Russia and the ILO until 2020, saying that the programme ‘is being successfully implemented’.


Ryder described the cooperation between Russia and the ILO as ‘a two-way relationship’. “We hope that we contribute something to the efforts and the objectives that you have set for the Russian Federation, and  the ILO certainly benefits as well from the inputs of our Russian colleagues”, he said.

“We have decided to dedicate our Centenary to looking forwards, not backwards to our history, but forwards to the future of work and the challenges that lie ahead of all of us,” Ryder said. “And our Russian colleagues have been very clear in saying that we need to look towards the humanization of work, work that really benefits the health, the well-being of people and their families.”