Moscow is extremely alarmed by reports that Ukraine intends to notify the Council of Europe of its intention to derogate from its obligations under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in relation to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"In my view, this is a very serious message that should alarm everyone," Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday.
"There have been reports that Ukraine is planning to forward or perhaps has already forwarded notification to the Council of Europe that the Ukrainian authorities are suspending the observance of their obligations under this convention as regards the territory of the so-called antiterrorist operation, that is, the territory of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk people's republics," he said.
"The Ukrainian authorities want to provide for their right not to observe human rights," he said.
Russia is "really alarmed by the Ukrainian leadership's consistent steps aimed at socio-economically stifling the southeastern part of the country," he said.
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