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Russia says Council of Europe a ‘Russophobic’ instrument of the West

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Russia’s outspoken foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, Friday accused the Council of Europe of being a “Russophobic” instrument serving Western interests.

“Due to the Westerners’ Russophobic activity, this structure has lost its reason for being,” she said. The pan-European rights body, which expelled Russia on Wednesday a day after Moscow said it would leave, had “turned into an obedient instrument of the European Union, NATO and their satellites”, she added in a statement.


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