: RFE/RL: Russian authorities summon French envoy over soccer fans' detention

19:10 Jun. 15, 2016

RFE/RL: Russian authorities summon French envoy over soccer fans' detention

Fans clash after the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome on June 11, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Getty Images)

Arresting Russian football fans may deteriorate bilateral ties between Moscow and Paris - Russian FM

Russia's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned the French ambassador in Moscow over the detention of Russian soccer fans during the Euro 2016 tournament.

The French envoy was notified about "discrimination" toward the Russian supporters, the ministry said on June 15, adding that "further fanning of anti-Russian sentiments" could damage relations between the two countries.

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Addressing Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, earlier on June 15, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the detention of dozens of Russian soccer fans by French police on suspicion of being involved in last week's violence in Marseille as "an absolutely unacceptable incident."

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French authorities say police stopped a bus carrying Russian supporters in southern France on June 14 and detained 43 fans. Separately, Russian fans were among 10 people arrested before the country's game in the northern city of Lille on June 15.

French officials have said some 150 Russians involved in June 11 clashes with English team supporters were "extremely well-trained" and prepared for "ultraviolent action."

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