The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov claimed that he will support the Russians to assert their right to wear St. George Ribbons in Ukraine. He claimed this at the meeting of Commission on Compatriots Abroad. RIA News reported this.
'We are absolutely in sympathy with our compatriots abroad and will assert their rights in every possible way. Especially in such situation, when the wearing of the St. George Ribbon on June 22 is claimed to be the crime. I mean the incident that took place yesterday in Ukraine', he said.
Moreover, Lavrov claimed that he will strive for respect to the Russian communities.
'We insistently strive for our foreign partners to observe the international and legal obligations that they took and respect the Russian communities that live in other countries', Lavrov said.
The decree of ban to produce and promotion of St. George Ribbon came into force in Ukraine on June 15. The document provides the fines of 32-98 dollars for the public use, demonstration or wearing of the St. George Ribbon or its image.
The repeated violation during the year will cause the fine of 98-196 dollars or arrest for 15 days.
The protocol was drawn up at the woman for wearing of the St. George Ribbon in Dnipro. The incident took place during the commemoration of the WWII victims in Ukraine on June 22.