2017-04-25 10:15:00

EU should wait for reports on persecution of gays in Chechnya to be confirmed before condemning Lavrov

Moscow, April 25, Interfax - Moscow says there is no confirmed information on violations of the rights of LGBT people in the Chechen Republic and calls on the European Union to use facts before condemning.

"We would prefer the European Union, if it wants to determine the truth, to wait first for the information to be confirmed or not before issuing harsh condemnations," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference following negotiations with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

"As to specific concerns about what is happening to people from the LBGT category in Chechnya and in any other part of Russia, any facts, not suspicions, will be immediately investigated. The Russian authorities have repeatedly said that," he said.

"We have not finally seen information confirming those accusations, but I repeat: we are concerned about any human rights violations. Most importantly, these accusations should be supported by facts and they should not be used to attain political ends, as it has become fashionable to use any Russian factor to achieve domestic policy goals in European countries," he said.