MOSCOW, December 10. Ukraine applies in the South-East mines, which should have been destroyed five years ago, according to the Ottawa Convention on the prohibition of anti-personnel mines. this was stated by the Director of the Department for non-proliferation and arms control, the Russian foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov.
“The Ottawa Convention brings together a very large number of countries, significantly more than a hundred, but not all, he said. – Russia, China, India, Pakistan, South Korea, USA and several other States to the Convention not a party, but we treat it with respect and recognize its usefulness. Unlike us, the Ukrainians joined the agreement in 2005, ratified it and by 2010 had to eliminate stocks of anti-personnel mines. But they didn’t. Today they have 5.5 million units”.
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“All anything, but in the course of hostilities in the South-East of Ukraine, these mines started to be applied Kiev against their own population, – continued the diplomat. – And here draws attention to the lack of response to these facts on the part of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which usually react very rapidly, and governments.”
Perhaps NGOs are “afraid to incur the wrath of the Ukrainian authorities and to be expelled from the country,” suggested Ulyanov. “Of course, this is not an argument, but it is somehow possible to understand, – he added. – But the silence of States parties to the Convention, apparently due to only one – the fact that political considerations in this case outweigh the legal, humanitarian and moral. Apparently, the so-called political correctness suggests that in Western interpretation, the lack of attention to this aspect”.