Blair should shelve Putin visit to
Following the Council of
Europe's decision to begin suspension proceedings against
Russia, local MP, Edward Davey, today called upon the
Prime Minister to shelve the invitation to Vladimir Putin
to visit London.
Edward Davey MP said: "In light of the Council of Europe's
decision to begin proceedings for the suspension of
Russia due to barbaric behaviour in Chechnya, it would be
totally inappropriate for Mr Putin to be received in
"Membership of the Council of Europe comes with it
the assumption that countries will respect human rights
and behave in a humane fashion. All the evidence from
Chechnya suggests the opposite.
"Until we are satisfied that the Putin Government is
willing to match its human rights words with deeds there
should be no question of a visit to London by
Mary Robinson, UN
human rights commissioner, on her recent trip to
Russia heard 'serious and documented allegations
of murderous rampages, pillaging and looting' by
Russian troops in Chechnya. She was denied an
audience with Putin. The situation in Chechnya
recently executed nine Russian POW's when Moscow
refused to hand over one of its colonels accused
of rape and murder. Meanwhile a US citizen has
been arrested on spying charges.
The Council of
Europe has voted to begin suspension proceedings
against Russia for human rights abuses.