2015-10-22 15:54:00

Russia's Dolgov criticizes U.S. State Dept's religious freedom report at meeting with American diplomat

Moscow, October 22, Interfax - Russian Foreign Ministry Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law Commissioner Konstantin Dolgov met with U.S. Embassy to Russia Political Section chief Anthony Godfrey at his request.

"The American diplomat handed over the text of the recently published new annual report of the U.S. Department of State on religious freedoms around the world. Dolgov confirmed the Russian view of this document as one full of flaws and 'white spots'," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on its official website.

In particular, the report lacks analysis of the root causes and scale of persecution of Christians in several mid-eastern and African countries, as well as the numerous accounts of attacks, including those under the facilitation of the Ukrainian police, on temples controlled by the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine, the statement says.

"In the 'Russia' section of the report, we can see the political bias of the analysis exposed there and we emphasize the unacceptability of the neglect of intense consistent efforts aimed to consolidate inter-confessional peace and conciliation in Russia," the statement says.

Russia once again pointed at the unacceptability of exterritorial application of American laws against Russian nationals, including their arrest in third countries and their subsequent extradition, calling on the U.S. authorities to take practical steps to eliminate accumulated problems with regard to the protection of the rights and legitimate interests of Russian minors adopted by Americans.