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Russian lawmaker considers OSCE PA stance on Abkhazia and Crimea biased

July 05, 13:35 UTC+3 MOSCOW
A Russian lawmaker says the resolutions on Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Crimea are of clearly anti-Russian nature
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OSCE Parliamentary Assembly 25th Annual Session in Tbilisi, Georgia

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly 25th Annual Session in Tbilisi, Georgia


MOSCOW, July 5. /TASS/. The concern of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with the situation in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Crimea is of biased and selective nature, head of Russian Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said on Tuesday.

"Resolutions on Crimea, as well as on Abkhazia and South Ossetia, adopted at the Tbilisi session of PA OSCE, would have deserved attention in only one case - if they had been among many regular resolutions of the Assembly that is equally concerned with human rights everywhere, regardless of geopolitical preferences of most member countries," Kosachev wrote on his Facebook page. However, the documents adopted at the Tbilisi session demonstrate "selective approach and crocodile tears," he noted.

Such resolutions would be treated differently "if they were preceded by resolutions on the rights of Russian-speaking population in the Baltic States and in Ukraine, on the rights of Serbian minority in Kosovo or, for instance, on the status of Northern Cyprus," the lawmaker continued. "There is nothing like this, because NATO counties, which are the majority in OSCE, are responsible for the Baltic States, Turkey and Kosovo with its US base Bondsteel. That’s precisely why new PA OSCE’s resolutions will not be read by us," he stressed.

PA OSCE earlier adopted a resolution "The Conflict in Georgia" that says that Georgia does not recognize agreements between Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and calls on Russia to observe the ceasefire agreements signed in August 2008.

Another document adopted at the session concerns the situation in Crimea. Head of the Russian delegation, State Duma deputy Nikolay Kovalev said the draft resolution was put forward by the Ukrainian delegation. The draft documents focuses on "violations of human rights and main freedoms in Crimea, violation of rights of Crimean Tatars and so on," he explained. Kovalev said that he and his colleagues "announced that the document is absolutely not objective, tendentious, is of clearly anti-Russian nature, and is not subject to amending." Thus, Russia refused to consider this resolution, he concluded.

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