Russian Foreign Ministry Position

by Nathan Hamm on 3/23/2005 · 6 comments

Well, it seems Russia is taking something of a position. At least as far as the EU goes, Sergei Lavrov thinks they should just shut their goddamned mouths.

“In connection with the statement disseminated in Brussels on behalf of Xavier Solana, which contains, in Moscow’s opinion, incorrect evaluation of the events in Kyrgyzstan and the causes of the current crisis in that country, the Russian foreign minister drew Solana’s attention to counterproductive character of public statements that can be used by Kyrgyz opposition to intensify tension in the country,” officials from the department of information and press at the Russian foreign ministry announced.

I wonder what got him so bent out of shape. Maybe bringing up the OSCE report? It’s a shame no one holds Russia to its own standards for non-interference.

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Laurence March 23, 2005 at 12:51 pm

But the OSCE report wasn’t that bad, as the BBC noted: “While the international monitors said the vote itself was generally satisfactory, they strongly criticised unequal access to the media and the disqualification of opposition candidates.”

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Nathan March 23, 2005 at 1:18 pm

I know. I can’t find what else he said that Lavrov might be responding to though.

Laurence March 23, 2005 at 1:37 pm

Maybe this statement from Solana?

“We are concerned that the parliamentary elections fell short of OSCE (the Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe) commitments and other international standards in a number of important areas.

“This has caused a rise in tension,” the statement said. “The latest news about the use of force against protesters in Osh and Jalal-Abad and outbreaks of violence is particularly disturbing.”


Because Solana blames the government, and not the protesters?

Nathan March 23, 2005 at 1:44 pm

That’s what I figured, but it seems an awful lot like Lavrov was looking for an excuse. The OSCE has been critical of the southern protesters while being critical of the government. And, rounding up a nonviolent protest in Bishkek is a bit disturbing. Russia’s thin skin just gets to me.

Laurence March 23, 2005 at 2:15 pm

You should have seen how they closed down Washington, DC during the NATO conference held here during the Yugoslavian war. Even DC residents–with DC parking permits!–could not drive downtown, the city was shut tight as a drum, roads blocked, etc. That was under President Bill Clinton, btw.

Aris Katsaris March 23, 2005 at 3:09 pm

The BBC site’s not the best place: Go to the source itself if you want the OSCE reports. Here’s the link:

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