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Switzerland: Lavrov condemns rise of neo-Nazism in Ukraine01:34

Switzerland: Lavrov condemns rise of neo-Nazism in Ukraine

Switzerland, Geneva
March 1, 2016 at 12:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov highlighted and criticised the rise of neo-Nazism in Ukraine and Baltic countries during a speech at the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Tuesday. “One can openly see neo-Nazis marches, the persecution of dissidents, and the seizing of assets of the Russian Orthodox Church” in Ukraine, said Lavrov. He also said that there are continued observations of instances of “grave violations of national minorities’ rights” in the country.

He criticised the “absence of progress in a realisation of political reforms with regard to the Minsk measures,” before hitting out at the Kiev government for their allowing of “the rise of aggressive radical-nationalists attitudes.”

He also questioned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his government in their dealing with investigating mass crime. He cited incidents including the 2014 Maidan coup, saying the inquiry has been “deliberately drawn out, despite all the efforts of European Council to achieve identification of criminals and bringing them to justice.”

Lavrov finished by drawing attention to the “concerning” human rights situation in Baltic countries. Here, according to Lavrov, “the problem of mass statelessness is still not resolved and where the tolerant attitude towards open rebirth of neo-Nazism is met with shameful silence from the European Union and the US.”

Switzerland: Lavrov condemns rise of neo-Nazism in Ukraine01:34
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov highlighted and criticised the rise of neo-Nazism in Ukraine and Baltic countries during a speech at the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Tuesday. “One can openly see neo-Nazis marches, the persecution of dissidents, and the seizing of assets of the Russian Orthodox Church” in Ukraine, said Lavrov. He also said that there are continued observations of instances of “grave violations of national minorities’ rights” in the country.

He criticised the “absence of progress in a realisation of political reforms with regard to the Minsk measures,” before hitting out at the Kiev government for their allowing of “the rise of aggressive radical-nationalists attitudes.”

He also questioned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his government in their dealing with investigating mass crime. He cited incidents including the 2014 Maidan coup, saying the inquiry has been “deliberately drawn out, despite all the efforts of European Council to achieve identification of criminals and bringing them to justice.”

Lavrov finished by drawing attention to the “concerning” human rights situation in Baltic countries. Here, according to Lavrov, “the problem of mass statelessness is still not resolved and where the tolerant attitude towards open rebirth of neo-Nazism is met with shameful silence from the European Union and the US.”

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