The resolution to condemn the “actions of Russia in Crimea” was adopted by the OSCE PA Political Affairs and Security Committee in the wake of the US foreign policy, said Dmitry Novikov, first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs.
Earlier on Saturday, the Political Affairs and Security Committee of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly adopted a resolution prepared by a Ukrainian deputy and condemning “the actions of the Russian Federation in Crimea.” In addition, the document condemns the actions of the Russian Federation in the Kerch Strait, when Ukrainian sailors illegally crossed the Russian state border and were detained. At the same time, the committee rejected the amendment of the Russian delegation, which was proposed to soften the anti-Russian language. Later, the committee adopted another resolution calling on Russia to “de-occupy” the Crimea, and with the amendment proposed by the US delegation and several parliamentarians from Lithuania, Canada, Turkey and Northern Macedonia, also accusing the Russian Federation of suspending the INF.
“The resolution demonstrates the struggle of opinions on the one hand and the fact that different forces win in different situations in this struggle of opinions. Basically it can be both forces aimed at strengthening good-neighborly relations with Russia and forces following the direction of the foreign policy of the United States In this case, we are dealing with the second scenario, “Novikov told RIA Novosti.
The parliamentarian added that the decision is not unexpected, since within the EU “there is a struggle of several points of view on the Russian direction in general, on the assessment of the Crimean situation in particular.”
“For example, it has just allowed PACE to decide on the restoration of Russia in the rights of the Parliamentary Assembly, but at the same time we cannot expect the European Union to confidently and consistently pursue a course towards normalizing relations with the Russian Federation,” the deputy.
Kiev and a number of Western countries believe that Russia is interfering in Ukraine’s affairs and is a party to the conflict in the Donbas. Russia denies this and calls such accusations unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict and is not involved in the events in the south-east, does not support the militia and does not send troops to the Donbass, is interested in Ukraine overcoming the political and economic crisis.
Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum held there in March 2014, in which 96.77% of voters in the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of the residents of Sevastopol were in favor of joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea its, but temporarily occupied territory. The leadership of Russia has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea in a democratic way, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted for reunification with Russia. According to the Russian president, the issue of Crimea is “completely closed”.