Russia wants all European countries including Belarus to join the moratorium on
the death penalty, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in his interview
with radio station Kommersant FM.
Belarus executed 2 men last weekend who had been convicted for a deadly subway
bombing in the Belarusian capital in April last year, Belarusian news agency
Belta reported on Sunday.
“Of course the fight against terrorism should be ruthless. At the same time our
attitude towards the death penalty is well known," Lavrov said. "We have
declared a moratorium on the death penalty. At this point there are special
decisions that were adopted by the Constitutional Court and the Russian
government is committed to this moratorium. In principle we would be interested
in all European countries joining such a moratorium.”
Lavrov said that the abolition of the death penalty is “a complex” and “an
ambiguous” issue and is “a decision for each state.”
“In my opinion the best decision at this stage is to have the moratorium,”
“I am convinced that the movement of Belarus towards full membership of the
European Council will provide a solution to the problem of the death penalty
because one of the conditions for participation in the European Council is its
abolishment,” he added.
(source: Ria Novosti)