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No Russian troops in Ukraine, CE Committee of Ministers’ decision wrong - FM

September 20, 2014, 22:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, September 20. /ITAR-TASS/. There are no Russian troops in Ukraine, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Saturday.

He denied the statement of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, adopted on September 17, which acknowledged the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine.

“Some of the provisions in the decision…, including those concerning this issue, have nothing to do with reality. There are no Russian troops in Ukraine. Besides, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has no mandate or instruments to issue judgements on such matters, let alone ‘acknowledge’ anything,” Lukashevich said.

He said the Russian representative’s demands that the accusations be backed up with facts had been ignored.

Russia regards the decision “as dictated to the Committee of Ministers from the outside and pushed through by the ideologised arithmetic majority”, he said.

Lukashevich said the decision “ignores the main issue - the responsibility of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers for the stubborn refusal of the Ukrainian authorities to stop the mass violation of the rules of the European Convention on Human Rights and investigate, in accordance with these rules, the tragic events that claimed numerous human lives”.

“Considering this, the decision of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is null and void and has a purely propaganda meaning for its authors who are not ashamed of abusing the high authority of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in their attempts to upset the fragile process of national reconciliation in Ukraine,” the spokesperson said.

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