Council of Europe (CoE)
Press release on the participation of Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko in the 128th ministerial session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
On May 17-18, Elsinore, Denmark hosted the 128th ministerial session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CMCE) devoted to the consolidation of democratic security in Europe.
In his speech, Mr Grushko called on the CMCE to play a more active role in overcoming the protracted crisis in the Council of Europe, triggered by the intolerable situation in its Parliamentary Assembly.
He confirmed that Russia will continue to be one of the guarantors of the effective application of the European Convention on Human Rights. In this context, the Russian representative expressed satisfaction with the results of the CMCE conference on the reform of the European Court of Human Rights, conducted by the Danish Chairmanship (Copenhagen, April 11-13, 2018). It contributed to strengthening the Court’s subsidiary role and departure from the political pressure exerted on the member countries of the Council of Europe by forcing the practice of supervision of high-profile cases.
Mr Grushko emphasised the need to use in full all instruments of the Council of Europe for stopping the systematic violations of human rights in Ukraine as soon as possible.
He urged the participants to put an end to the phenomenon of “no citizenship” in Latvia and Estonia and prevent the spread of neo-Nazism and attempts to rewrite history. Mr Grushko also emphasised the importance of respecting the rights of millions of Russians and Russian speakers in Ukraine and Latvia to receiving education in their native tongue.
Russia welcomed the approval by the session of the upgraded Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Automatic Processing of Personal Data.
Following the session, the CMCE Chairmanship was transferred from Denmark to Croatia.