In response to Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, several countries called on Interpol to prevent the aggressor country’s membership in the International Criminal Police Organization.
Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite, in a meeting with Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock at the 91st Interpol General Assembly in Vienna (Austria), called to limit the rights of Moscow and Minsk in the organization. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lithuania on Wednesday, November 29.
The head of the Lithuanian Ministry of Internal Affairs emphasized that Interpol should “do everything to ensure that non-democratic states, such as Russia or Belarus, do not use membership to achieve their political goals .”
“The international community will not tolerate the abuse of the Interpol channel, the prosecution of citizens of its own country and of other countries for political purposes,” he said.
The Lithuanian official emphasized that Russia and Belarus are constantly looking for ways to impose their political will.
“This General Assembly is no exception, and this is well illustrated by the draft resolutions proposed by these countries. We must ensure that no such proposals are adopted,” he said.
Bilotaite also expressed gratitude to the Interpol leadership for “the principled position and protection of Lithuanian judges, prosecutors and other officials who participated in the investigation of Russian crimes against Lithuanian citizens.”
The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has limited Interpol’s powers in the country. Now this organization can only conduct a survey, send requests for information from Russian law enforcement agencies, and establish the identity of citizens interested in it.
Information about collaborators and traitors from the Kharkov region who may be in Europe has begun to be entered into the Interpol database.
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