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Failure to isolate Russia main result of OSCE PA session — Russian official

July 02, 2014, 20:01 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The just-ended session confirmed Russia had a weight in the OSCE space, he notes

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MOSCOW, July 02./ITAR-TASS/. Utter failure in efforts to isolate Russia came as one of the main results of the latest OSCE Parliamentary Assembly session, the chairman of the State Duma's Committee on International Affairs, Aleksei Pushkov, told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.

The politician believes the Russian delegation led by the Duma's speaker Sergei Naryshkin “has managed to achieve as much as possible amid the simmering anti-Russian campaign in Europe and in the OSCE, fuelled by the US and the Western media”.

During debates over the resolution about Russia’s alleged violations of the Helsinki principles presented by US Senator Benjamin Cardin the Russian delegation “felt support from a wide range of delegations or at least their disagreement with the outspokenly biased attitude to Russia that served as a basis for this resolution”, Pushkov said. As a result, thirty members of the PA rejected the resolution, 27 abstained and 92 backed the American stance.

This, Pushkov said, “is not the result expected by the US that sought to garner at least 120-130 votes in favour of its proposal”.

The excessive anti-Russian sentiment backfired, Pushkov believes, as the resolution did not mention “the atrocious crimes committed in Odessa, the massacre of civilians in Ukraine’s east by the Ukrainian army, the shelling of peaceful cities and residential areas, the use of aviation and heavy artillery by the authorities against their own people and the killings of journalists”.

The just-ended session confirmed Russia had a weight in the OSCE space, which doomed the plans for isolating Russia to failure, Pushkov said.

“This is another confirmation that those who try to achieve Obama’s goal run into much difficulties,” the official said. Russia is not as isolated as the US president would like to see it.

Almost unanimous consent with Russia’s proposal to set up an interparliamentary contact group on Ukraine was another success of the Russian diplomacy, Pushkov added. Nobody opposed the initiative, and “Ukraine also accepted the idea after some hesitation”.

This is another confirmation that those who try to achieve Obama’s goal run into much difficulties Aleksei Pushkov Chairman of the State Duma's Committee on International Affairs The first meeting has already taken place with the participation of the OSCE chairman and heads of the Russian and Ukrainian delegations. The group of 8-12 will assemble countries that are most interested in a peace settlement of the Ukrainian crisis: the OSCE chairman will decide which countries will participate and who will represent them.

Pushkov supposed that the new OSCE chairman, Finland’s former foreign minister, Ilkka Kanerva, would start coordinating the group’s work in the near term. The group could meet in the second half of July or early in September depending on the coordination process, the senior legislator believes. “It would be logical for it to meet in Vienna, where the OSCE is headquartered,” Pushkov said.

The 23rd session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA) took place in Baku on June 28 - July 2.

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