Russian members of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) will not be able to attend the association's events until further notice, president James Rees has confirmed.
In a unanimous decision, ICCA’s board of directors also agreed to cancel all planned activities and events in Russia.
The statement added: "On behalf of the Board, we categorically and unequivocally condemn Russian aggression in Ukraine. ICCA is liaising with our members in Ukraine and we will be contributing €10,000 to an agreed humanitarian charity to support them in their efforts to provide aid to those Ukrainians who are suffering as a result of these acts of aggression.
"Our heart goes out to all those affected by this unprovoked and devastating war. We wish for nothing more than to see an end to this conflict before more innocent lives are lost."
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has suspended Russian members from its events and activities as the result of the situation in Ukraine.
The UFI Executive Committee has also condemned the military action by Russia and will launch a designated donation to support the humanitarian effort.
In a statement, the committee said: “UFI’s mission is to drive collaboration within the exhibitions and business events industry. As such, our association, along with all collaborative international organisations, relies on a foundation of respect for all individuals and adherence to a rules-based order. The military actions launched by the Russian government in Ukraine contradict our most fundamental principles. They cannot be allowed to stand. The UN General Assembly, in a rare emergency session, has passed a resolution that lays out a path forward to end this aggression and restore peace in the region, with an overwhelming majority.”
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