Pavel Kolobkov has aimed for Russia to have one of the world's best anti-doping systems ©Getty Images

Russia has always opposed doping at state level and will strive to create one of the world's best anti-doping systems, the country's Sports Minister has claimed.

Pavel Kolobkov made the comments today at the International Convention against Doping in Sport in French capital Paris.

His country has endured a tumultuous period and is accused of a state-sponsored doping scheme at events including London 2012 and their home Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

This has always been denied by Russian officials despite scathing attacks by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and in the McLaren Report.

Two International Olympic Committee (IOC) Commissions are currently investigating in the build-up to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in February.

In theory, the country could be banned from the Games in South Korea although this approach is thought to be increasingly unlikely. 

Some of the country's athletes were allowed to compete at Rio 2016 after the IOC opted to defer the decision to the individual sporting federations.

The country's doping agency remains non-compliant with WADA, however, while suspensions imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations and International Paralympic Committee remain in place.

"Russia is always ready to promote and defend the fundamental principles of sports, the country at the state level has always opposed doping," said Kolobkov, speaking at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in the 2024 Olympic host city.

"I consider it important to promote a common position in the international arena with regard to positive changes in our anti-doping system.

"Russia has always opposed doping at the state level. 

"For our part, our country is always ready to promote and to defend the fundamental principles of sport, such as protecting the rights of 'pure' athletes, depoliticising sports and equal criteria for all participants in international sports events. 

Russia's home Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has become embroiled in controversy ©Getty Images
Russia's home Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has become embroiled in controversy ©Getty Images

"Russia is open to dialogue and partnership, we are ready to share our experience, because many countries and many sports face the doping problems, but it is important that in order to solve these problems we continue to adhere to the principles of objectivity, openness and honesty."

One of the IOC Commissions is led by Samuel Schmid, and is studying alleged involvement of Russian officials in concealing doping violations.

It is claimed that a scheme to replace tainted samples with clean ones was in operation at Sochi 2014.

Another Swiss, Denis Oswald, is also leading a Commission which is looking at the cases of individual Russian athletes at their home Games.

Kolobkov said that measures taken so far in Russia had taken the fight against cheating to a "new level".

"I hope that in the near future our anti-doping system will be one of the best in the world," he said.

"Yes, Russia experienced a serious crisis, but it was this situation that forced us to strengthen measures to counter and fight doping in sport.

"This is an incredible experience in overcoming the crisis, which we are ready to share."

Officials hope that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) will be declared compliant again at a meeting in Seoul in November.

"All the criteria that affect the current and operational activities of the organisation have been met, and at the moment RUSADA is fully financially and operationally independent and fulfills all the requirements set forth in the World Anti-Doping Code," said Kolobkov. 

"At the end of September, all activities of RUSADA will be audited and this will the confirmation."