Russian, Dutch diplomats discuss xenophobia in Europe

The Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov met with the Dutch Foreign Ministry's Human Rights Ambassador Lionel Veer in the Hague to discuss the situation around non-citizenship of the Russian-speaking community in the Baltic States and the rise in far right extremism in Europe.

"The Russian side highlighted the flagrant situation around non-citizenship of the Russian-speaking population in Latvia and Estonia, the unacceptability of glorification of the Nazi and their abettors in the Baltic States, and the rise in xenophobic and far right extremist sentiments in Europe. It was emphasized that the efforts by the European Union structures to neutralize these challenges need to be more efficient," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in on its website.

The two diplomats also discussed the humanitarian and human rights aspects of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa region, the ministry said.

Veer also told how the Netherlands complies with the recommendations issued to it in a Universal Periodic Review by the United Nations Human Rights Council, in particular, with respect to illegal immigrants. Dolgov answered questions on the human rights situation in Russia.

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