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THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY CALLS FOR INCREASING ATTENTION TO THE PROBLEMS OF CHRISTIANOPHOBIA

Moscow urges international organizations, particularly the UN, to increase attention to issues of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and Christianophobia, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov in Geneva during the high-level event on the issue of protecting Christians.

The Russian Minister said that he welcomed the activities of the OSCE, which already held a conference on combating the problems of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism and cook for one – on Christianophobia.

“Call for increased attention to these issues by the UN, UNESCO, Council of Europe, including in the framework of the dialogue of civilizations. Convinced that a contribution should be made and the Council for human rights,” – said Lavrov.

Russia will offer Europe to discuss the processes leading to “Christianophobia””we Hope that today’s meeting will be an important step in mobilizing the collective efforts of the international community to protect the rights of believers and religious values,” the Minister said.

“Can’t forget to mention about the problems experienced by Christians in several Western States, where it is considered politically incorrect to designate belonging to the Christian religion and even shy Christian values that form the basis of European civilization. Gaining strength aggressive secularism. Blurred notions of morality and traditional national, cultural and religious identity. Multiplying cases of vandalism and desecration of churches and temples, Holy places, cemeteries, Christian symbols. Believers increasingly difficult to openly defend their beliefs,” said the Russian Minister.

He noted that, as evidenced by the lessons of history, “renounced his moral ideals of civilization loses its spiritual strength.” “We all need to remember this, especially this year, when we mark the 70th anniversary of the great Victory in the Second world war that claimed tens of millions of lives of people of all nationalities and faiths. It is our common duty for the sake of future generations not to betray feat winners, uncompromising to counter attempts to incite enmity and hatred. Huge role to play in efforts to protect the values of all world religions – carriers of the common heritage of mankind”, – said Lavrov.

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