Russia calls on OSCE to condemn "neo-fascist" sentiment in west Ukraine

by Reuters
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 07:31 GMT

MOSCOW, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on democracy watchdog, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, on Wednesday to "decisively condemn" the rise of "nationalist and neo-fascist" sentiment in western Ukraine.

In a foreign ministry statement, Lavrov also said the OSCE should condemn attempts by nationalists to ban the Russian language in Ukraine.

"Lavrov called on the OSCE to decisively condemn the rise of nationalist and neo-fascist sentiment in the west of the country, (to condemn) calls to ban the Russian language, to turn the Russian-speaking population into 'non-citizens' and to restrict freedom of expression," the ministry said in a statement. (reporting by Katya Golubkova, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Thomas Grove)