Russian Foreign Ministry presents to Putin generalized facts of major human rights violations in Ukraine
The report, the so-called "White Book", cites numerous cases of human rights abuse in Ukraine in the period from late November 2013 through late March 2014, "based on reports in the Russian and Western media as well as statements by representatives of the current Kiev authorities and their supporters, eyewitness testimony, observations and on-site interviews collected by Russian nongovernmental organizations," the press service said.
Policy of 'clamping down on freedom' of press, limits on movement between Russia and Ukraine, use of army against civilians by Kiev must stop, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The European Commission should call on Kiev to comply with the agreements achieved in Geneva on the de-escalation and preparation of a new Ukrainian constitution, the ministry said Monday.
"The policy being practiced by Kiev of clamping down on freedom of the press, introducing limitations on movement between Russia and Ukraine, and the use of armed forces against civilians contradict the fundamental norms and principles of the European Commission and must be stopped without delay."
"The according European Commission bodies must give this practice an adequate assessment," the ministry said, RIA reports.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will take part in the Vienna session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
"Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will participate in the 124th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Vienna on May 5-6," says a commentary of the Russian Foreign Ministry's information and press department released on Monday, according to Interfax.
Lavrov will attend a ceremony dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Council of Europe on Monday and a political debate "Council of Europe values and stability in Europe: current challenges" on May 6.
Russia believes that the Council of Europe should call on the Kiev authorities to fulfill the agreements reached in Geneva on April 17.
"We are working on the assumption that the Council of Europe should call on the current de facto Kiev administration to unconditionally fulfill the agreements reached in Geneva on April 17 on the de-escalation of tensions and the work on a new Constitution, which will take into account the lawful hopes and concerns of all Ukrainian regions," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary released on Monday.