There are no obstacles preventing anyone from visiting Crimea in order to study the human rights situation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following his meeting with Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.




“As for Crimea, we have already said that Mister Jagland’s special representative has visited the Peninsula,” Lavrov pointed out. “We believe it to be a useful step because there are no obstacles preventing those who are concerned over the human rights situation, including the rights of Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and other minorities, from visiting Crimea, meeting anyone and talking to anyone there.”


“Those who are genuinely interested in human rights protection, will not face any difficulties, we will provide the most favorable conditions so that they can visit Crimea any time,” Lavrov stressed.


“While those who want to politicize this issue citing human rights protection, thus supporting those in Ukraine who dream of revenge, it is hard to speak with them,” the Russian foreign minister noted.