Believe me when I say that this is not meant as a punishment of the Russian Rottweiler Club or of the Russian Rottweiler Friend in general.
Although one might regret if the Russian Rottweiler Club did not openly condemn the war that is so severely hurting the Ukrainian population and our Ukrainian Rottweiler Friends, we are of course aware that the decision to wage war was not taken by them and that not all Russian Rottweiler Friends support that decision. Our sympathy goes to them also !
But this does not change the fact that they are part of the nation that is waging war on a peaceful member of the international community. By doing this, the Russian nation itself has placed itself outside of the international community and has itself denied all of its population, including our Rottweiler Friends, the benefits of being a member of that international community. This is the direct and necessary implication of the decision to wage war and our Russian Rottweilers Friends can only blame their own elected political leadership for this.
Even if the Rottweiler Club of Russia and its members are moral innocent for the terrible situation, it is clear that participants do not just participate the World Show and/or World Championship as individuals, but also as – silent or not - representatives of their country. For the IFR World Championships this is even formally and by definition the case.
It is then unthinkable that whereas the Ukrainian Rottweiler Friend would be in hiding or fighting a war that he did not want nor provoke and would be unable to participate our IFR-events, that the representatives of the invading country would be allowed to participate and be honored and cheered under the flag and hymn of the aggressor. This would be unthinkable in the concept of the Friendship, solidarity and sportsmanship between dog lovers that is proper to our Federation!
In these circumstances, because of moral considerations but also considerations that concern the safety and well-being of all participants, spectators and dogs, the above mentioned decision must stand.