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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Russia calls to investigate reports of Kurds’ human rights violations by Turkey — FM.

Russia calls to investigate reports of Kurds’ human rights violations by Turkey — FM. (Tass).

Moscow urges to investigate reports of violations of Kurds’ rights by Turkey, the ongoing missile and artillery attacks of Syrian territory in the areas traditionally inhabited by Kurds, and calls for tough international response, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.

"It is necessary to investigate any reports, all the more so documented, of gross and massive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law," he said. "There are appropriate international procedures for that. The main thing is to ensure that they are used impartially and objectively. This is our principled stance."

"As for the interim results of your appeals [of Russia's RT TV channel regarding Turkey’s actions in the Kurdish areas of the country - TASS] to international human rights groups from where noncommittal replies came, we ask you to forward us a copy of your queries and replies to them so that we could form our judgement," the minister said.

"No less serious are cases when the same happens with violating other countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity," Russia’s top diplomat went on to say. "Unfortunately, Turkey is too mentioned in this context. We know what happens with the Turkish armed forces’ actions in Iraq, what happens with the fire attacks of the Kurdish militia positions in Syria from Turkish territory."

According to Lavrov, all this requires tough and clear response from the international community, "because Turkey’s actions undermine the efforts that are being made (around the Syrian settlement - TASS), including with the approval of the UN Security Council, on the issues of the ceasefire, on delivering humanitarian cargo, on the beginning of the political process." Read the full story here.

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