Lavrov dismisses accusations of interference in Germany's internal affairs

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Moscow does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries

Moscow does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, but comments on situations involving human rights have never been considered in such a context, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"We don't interfere in other countries' internal affairs. Nobody has ever considered comments on a situation involving human rights as interference in internal affairs," Lavrov told journalists following his talks in Ashgabat on Jan. 29.

"This is a postulate that is stipulated by international legal conventions, on international affairs, and on rights and freedoms observance," Lavrov said, in response to a request that he comment on German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's remarks in which he qualified Lavrov's words about teenager Lisa during his recent annual press conference as interference into Germany's internal affairs.

"Our German friends comment on various aspects of the Russian Federation's internal affairs regularly, and much more often than we do, and not only on human rights, but also on other issues," Lavrov said.

"When someone gets angry, this means not everything's right with the argument," he said.

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