2006-05-29 14:20:00

Russian Foreign Minister: participants in the unauthorized gay parade should have thought about possible consequences

Moscow, March 29, Interfax - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov remarked that the march of sexual minorities in Moscow on Saturday had not been authorized by authorities.

‘All countries have laws and regulations of their own. The march was not authorized, and this is fact,’ Lavrov told the journalists on Monday.

He thinks that ‘perhaps, all potential participants of this or that march should draw proper conclusions.’

“I said today that any manifestation of intolerance demanded our attention, and also in the Council of Europe,’ he noted.

Lavrov spoke at the PACE bureau and permanent commission meeting in Moscow on Monday.

According to him, ‘deputies are concerned for the manifestations of intolerance, but not all of them are the subject of universal standards. It is possible to dialogue about making these or that standards universal.’

‘Universal standards should be observed undeviatingly. We, in Russia, were concerned for the silence in the Council of Europe when a demonstration of antifascists in concentration camp clothes with the Star of David was dispersed in a Baltic country,’ head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs underscored.

‘I would like to repeat therefore that the universal standards of fighting xenophobia and manifestations of racism and fascist ideology should be unconditionally observed by all members of the Council of Europe’, Lavrov said.