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Ukraine: Anti-Semitism

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he (a) has had since July 2008 and (b) plans to have with EU counterparts on levels of anti-Semitism in (i) Ukraine and (ii) Russia; and if he will make a statement. (247758)

We monitor these issues closely with our EU partners in Brussels, Kyiv, and in Moscow. We have previously expressed our concerns about xenophobia and racism at a senior level to the Ukrainian authorities. Racism was raised with Russian authorities by the EU in human rights talks in October 2008, and we had a thorough discussion of the issue in our own bilateral human rights talks with the Russians on 16 January this year. Both countries understand the seriousness with which we view these questions. We will continue to monitor this situation and raise these matters with the appropriate authorities in future, should it be necessary to do so.