EU attitude to Donetsk mass graves to test its adherence to human rights - Russian Foreign Ministry

The European Union should promote an independent international inquiry into the mass burials found near Donetsk, Russian Foreign Ministry European Cooperation Department Director Ivan Soltanovsky said.

The European Union should promote an independent international inquiry into the mass burials found near Donetsk, Russian Foreign Ministry European Cooperation Department Director Ivan Soltanovsky said.

"In my opinion, the attitude of the European Union to the recent discovery near Donetsk, this outrageous and unthinkable crime, will be a test of its genuine adherence to human rights," he told Interfax on Thursday, on the sidelines of the Helsinki +50 international conference held in Moscow with the support from the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).

"We remember the position taken by the West and the International Criminal Tribunal in the Former Yugoslavia. There is no such international court for Ukraine but, in fact, the European Union may help start an independent international inquiry if its member countries have a related political will," the diplomat said.

"So far Brussels has been looking one way only," Soltanovsky said.

He noted that Russia would insist on an international investigation. "We have raised this question at the OSCE and observers of the Special Monitoring Mission have recorded this fact," he said.

"I think it is necessary to set up an independent commission and hold an independent judicial inquiry [into the mass burial incident near Donetsk]. The modality and form of this inquiry is a subject for debate but, most importantly, there must be political will to hold it," Soltanovsky emphasized.

He added that the inquiry results must not be kept silent. "But we cannot rule out this possibility, bearing in mind the Western position in previous incidents, the Malaysian Boeing situation," the diplomat said.

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