Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has addressed CoE head Pejcinovic-Buric on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Russia's accession to the organization. He noted that not all expectations built a quarter of a century ago have been met, and "Europeans have not been able to make full use of the historical chance.
The minister said that the pandemic has made it more important for countries to join forces in the field of public health and to share best practices.
However, in Lavrov's opinion, the CoE did not react appropriately to massive and long-term human rights violations, such as discrimination against Russian and Russian-speaking people in Ukraine and the Baltic states, thus undermining the organization’s authority.
"The organization that emerged from the ruins of the Second World War should not be indifferent to manifestations of historical revisionism and the glorification of Nazi accomplices," the statement said.
In conclusion, the minister wished the Council of Europe stability and consistency in achieving its goals.