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‘Disgraceful’: Diplomat blasts Europe for ignoring segregation policy in Baltics, Ukraine

Russia raised the issue of the illegitimate nature and the negative effect of unilateral coercive measures, including in the context of Ukraine’s water blockade of Crimea, on human rights, at the UN Human Rights Council, the deputy foreign minister told TASS

MOSCOW, April 2. /TASS/. European countries look the other way when it comes to the disgraceful policy of outright segregation pursued by the Baltic states and Ukraine, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin told TASS on Friday.

"Undoubtedly, we had no choice but to draw the attention of the [UN Human Rights] Council [at the 46th session] to this inadmissible situation in the 21st century when European countries that had suffered from the ideology of fascism are turning a blind eye to the disgraceful policy of outright segregation based on the principle of ethnic and religious affiliation pursued by the Baltic states and Ukraine," the senior Russian diplomat pointed out.

Russia jointly with the states that are parties to the Non-Aligned Movement raised before the UN Human Rights Council the pressing issue of the illegitimate nature and the negative effect of unilateral coercive measures, including in the context of Ukraine’s water blockade of Crimea, on human rights, he stressed.

The 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council was held online in Geneva on February 22 - March 24, 2021.