Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in the 127th Ministerial Session of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers
On May 18-19 in Nicosia, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov participated in the 127th Ministerial Session of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers on strengthening democratic security in Europe.
In his address, Sergey Lavrov called for further strengthening the Council of Europe’s role in developing a constructive pan-European agenda. He also stressed the importance of using the council’s potential to pursue more active area-specific intergovernmental cooperation throughout Europe. Minister Lavrov confirmed that the Russian Federation will continue to be one of the guarantors of the effective application of the European Convention on Human Rights across the humanitarian and legal space from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Sergey Lavrov stressed the need to marshal all the council’s monitoring tools to immediately put an end to the systemic violations of human rights in Ukraine and to overcome the protracted crisis in the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly.
This fully applies to the status of ethnic minorities in Ukraine and stateless residents in Latvia and Estonia. Sergey Lavrov highlighted the visa discrimination against Russian citizens based in Crimea practiced by several European countries.
The Russian delegation welcomed the intensified efforts of the Council of Europe to combat terrorism in line with UNSC resolutions, specifically, the entry into force of the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism on foreign terrorist fighters and the new Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property, which opened for signing at the Nicosia session.
Upon the conclusion of the session, the chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers was passed from Cyprus to the Czech Republic.