Russia upholds CE resolution on Belarus - Lavrov

MOSCOW, January 13 (Itar-Tass) - Russia upholds the Council of Europe resolution on Belarus, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"As for the processes following the elections in Belarus, we watch the fate of our compatriots. We successfully insisted on the release of most of them. Two of them were arrested again and accused of organising mass disorders. The staff of the Russian Embassy in Minsk maintain permanent contacts with us," Lavrov told journalists on Thursday.

"Yesterday the Council of Europe reach consensus on Belarus. It also reflects Russia's position," the minister said.

The governing body - the Council of Ministers - directed an inquiry by demanding Belarus clarify the detention of opposition leaders, human rights activists and journalists after the presidential elections in December 2010, according to the Council of Europe document.

The anxious events in Belarus arouse much concern, the Council of Europe reported. It also demanded imprisoned opposition activists should be immediately released.


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