Russia considers it important to keep the Council of Europe from sliding into double standards to which the organization motivates certain Western counterparts, said Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the results of talks with Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides.
"We consider the Council of Europe as an organization and the important humanitarian support of European architecture. We believe it is important to keep everyone from sliding into double standards, artificial politicization of its agenda, what pushed some of our Western colleagues ", - the news Agency the words of Lavrov.
"We are confident that the Council of Europe's most sought-after in the human rights direction in the protection of national minorities, the elimination of mass statelessness, including combating extremism, aggressive nationalism, mass and religious intolerance, "– RIA "Novosti" the words of Lavrov. Lavrov also said that it is crucial to pay attention to the development of " intercultural dialogue the Council of Europe ". In addition, Lavrov said that the Council of Europe is obliged to provide strict observance of the Minsk agreements." There is no alternative to consistent and comprehensive implementation of the Minsk agreements in the form in which they approved " the square root of the head of the Ministry, noting that the capital of Russia and Nicosia, there is a single position on the situation in Ukraine." talking about how Ukrainian is addressed in the Council of Europe on this score were some decisions taken in the Committee of Ministers and the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, – said Lavrov.– We believe it is necessary to provide strict implementation of these decisions ". The visit of the head of the Cypriot foreign Minister held in the year of the 20th anniversary of Russia's accession to the Council of Europe, amid three years of decline in the relations of the capital of Russia and the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Remember last week, Russia's permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich at a meeting of the Permanent Council said that the Ukrainian authorities are evading the conscientious fulfilment of obligations under the Minsk agreements, and also consider a military solution to the conflict in the Donbass.