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MOSCOW, March 23 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia is interested in the Council of Europe’s preservation as an important institution in the observance of human rights and rule of law, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the Friday meeting with Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland.
He said Jagland had met with President Dmitry Medvedev to discuss further strengthening of Russia’s participation in the CoE work. “We support the Secretary General’s initiative towards the organization reform, which will make the CoE a more efficient space without division lines,” the minister said.
He singled out the reform of the European Court of Human Rights and stressed the impermissibility of politicization of that institution. “We will continue this work. Our common task is to prevent manifestations of extremism and neo-Nazism in Europe,” Lavrov said.
In turn, Jagland described his meeting with Medvedev as constructive. In his words, Russia is a responsible and reliable partner of the Council of Europe, which has been watching Russian events with interest. There is an upsurge in the Russian political life, he said. According to Jagland, the Council of Europe welcomes the political reforms of Medvedev and offered to share its experience with Russia.