MOSCOW, 2 Dec (RAPSI) – Russia intends to raise questions regarding the observation of human rights in the US and EU, including with reference to wiretapping, during an upcoming session of Council of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Russian Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department Deputy Director Maria Zakharova told RIA Novosti Monday.
“Russia will draw attention to the situation of human rights observation in the USA and EU. The invasion of privacy, wiretapping, and the interception of correspondence are actual problems,” she said in an interview.
She explained that Russia advanced an OSCE draft ministerial resolution on the matter last year, but found no support for the project. She added, however, that the problem of at-times high-level surveillance has since surfaced. She noted that Russia also intends to raise the potential of the OSCE to help foster harmonization and integration between Eastern and Western Europe.
Russia will further “insist on the observation of national minorities' rights, including the rights of Russian nationals in Latvia and Estonia,” Zakharova said.
She added that the Russian delegation intends to address its concerns about the growth of radicalism in the OSCE countries.
The conference will be held on December 5 and 6 in Kiev.