The Council of Europe is willing to monitor the investigation into Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's murder and might ask for an international investigation to be opened if the process does not seem transparent enough to it, says Belgian Foreign Minister and Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Chairman Didier Reynders.
"As the chairman of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, I would like the Council of Europe to be able to monitor the investigation conducted by Russia, so that we could say by the end of the year that the Russian investigation has been conducted efficiently and transparently enough and therefore we won't need to conduct an international investigation into this case," he said.
"It is important for us to see that all information concerning this case is being analyzed and is taken into consideration. If we feel that this information is insufficient or that it is not open enough, we will ask once again for an international investigation to be conducted," he said.
"The Council of Europe will address the investigation into Boris Nemtsov's murder within the next few weeks so as to see at what stage the Russian investigation is now," he said.
Belgium tends to make judgments about the killing of Nemtsov very cautiously, Reynders said.
"Belgium has always been very cautious in making judgments about this tragedy, as there are numerous interpretations. I know that everyone in Russia has their own opinion on the matter as well," he said.
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