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MOSCOW, November 27 (Itar-Tass) —— Moscow hopes Kiev will yet support the UN General Assembly’s resolution against glorification of Nazism, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, told Itar-Tass on Tuesday, commenting on the results of the voting on the resolution on which Ukraine abstained.
“Ukraine’s stand cannot but cause deep regret,” Dolgov said. “All the countries that have not supported the resolution, taking into account the fact that the US, which voted against, was our ally in the anti-Hitler coalition, and the EU, which abstained, includes Great Britain and France, and other countries, also allies in the coalition in which we fought side-by-side, must be interested in a strong barrier to the revival of Nazism, extremism in any form, xenophobia and racial discrimination,” “the more so as most of these countries are signatories to relevant international agreements,” Dolgov added.
The foreign ministry’s commissioner pointed out that this “applies to a strategic partner, Ukraine, in view of the contribution of Ukrainians to the victory over Nazism.” “This stand is, certainly, regretted,” he went on. “We hope that it will change regarding the resolution on which we will continue to insist in the General Assembly,” he said.
Moscow proceeds from the view, the diplomat stressed, that “there is nothing in the text to justify such a restrained stand, and, moreover, a negative stand of those who voted ‘against’.” “Everything written in the document is based on international law and corresponding international agreements and arrangements and serves democratic ideals,” he noted.
“There is another thing - it is gratifying to see that such a large number of countries supported the document and became its co-authors,” Dolgov said. “This is a positive thing,” he added.
“We proceed from the view that the fight, the effort [against glorification of Nazism] should continue, and that the resolution to oppose Nazism, extremism and racial discrimination is a very important international task,” the foreign ministry’s commissioner stressed. “We will continue to explain our stand to those who, regrettably, have not supported the resolution yet,” he said.