The Russian delegation to the OSCE PA will propose to reject resolutions on South Ossetia and Crimea - Tolstoy

Thu, 04/07/2019 - 21:50

The Russian delegation will insist on the rejection of two draft resolutions on Crimea and the observance of human rights in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which will be proposed during the 28th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. This was reported to journalists on Thursday by the head of the delegation, the Vice-Speaker of the State Duma Peter Tolstoy.

“Our delegation is all in the assembly, we will work including on the agenda that our opponents are proposing,” he said. “We will propose removing two resolutions: on the Crimea and on South Ossetia.”

The draft resolution on South Ossetia was proposed by the Georgian parliamentarian Sophio Katsarava. It expresses concern about the deprivation of Georgia’s ability to exercise jurisdiction in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. It also speaks of the alleged "gross violations of human rights" on the ground.

Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Artur Gerasimov spoke on the Crimea. It says "about the ongoing illegal occupation and the attempt to annex the Crimea", as well as the allegedly increasing militarization of the Sea of ​​Azov by the Russian Federation and the entire Crimean Peninsula. The draft also includes a call for the Russian Federation to provide medical and legal assistance to Ukrainian sailors arrested after the incident in the Kerch Strait in November 2018.

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