PUTIN INSTRUCTS RUSSIAN M.I.D. TO INITIATE INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSION ON IMPERMISSIBILITY OF HURTING BELIEVERS' FEELINGS
Interfax-Religiia, 11 December 2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (M.I.D.) to initiate, before 1 March 2021, a discussion on the international level of questions concerning prevention of actions aimed at hurting believers' religious feelings and exacerbating inter-religious strife and conflicts on religious grounds.
The corresponding instruction by the head of state, based on the results of his meeting with representatives of religious associations, was published on Friday on the Kremlin website.
In addition, the foreign policy bureau was instructed to "consider the possibility of concluding international agreements and/or adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly on such matters."
Ismail Berdiev, the head of the Coordinating Center of Muslims of the Northern Caucasus, one of the participants in Putin's meeting with members of religious associations, appealed to the president with the idea of addressing in the United Nations Security Council the question of the introduction in all countries of a law concerning the impermissibility of offending the feelings of believers. (tr. by PDS, posted 12 December 2020)
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