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Refusal to issue visas to Russian delegation will become 'taint' for OSCE — Duma speaker

July 17, 2015, 15:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW
It is a taint for PA OSCE which will forever remain part of the organization’s history, Sergey Naryshkin told PA OSCE President, adding that Russia always treated this organization with respect
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OSCE Parliamentary Assembly president Ilkka Kanerva (left) and the chairman of the Russian State Duma Sergey Naryshkin (right)

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly president Ilkka Kanerva (left) and the chairman of the Russian State Duma Sergey Naryshkin (right)

© Anna Isakova/Russian State Duma Press Office/TASS

MOSCOW, July 17. /TASS/. Refusal to issue visas for members of the Russian delegation to participate in the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (PA OSCE) will become "a taint" for OSCE, State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said on Friday.

At today’s meeting with PA OSCE President Ilkka Kanerva, Naryshlin noted that he did not doubt the importance of such meeting after receiving Kanerva’s "urgent request." The Duma speaker said that he would like to hear Kanerva’s position on Finland’s "boorish act toward the Russian delegation."

Naryshkin noted that he wanted to discuss the future of PA OSCE. "It is a taint for PA OSCE which will forever remain part of the organization’s history," the speaker stressed, adding that Russia always treated this organization with respect.

On July 1, the Finnish Foreign Ministry said that Russian State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin will be denied entry to Finland to participate in the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (PA OSCE) in Helsinki on July 5-9. The decision was explained by the fact that the State Duma speaker was included in EU’s "blacklist" of sanctioned officials.

Naryshkin later announced that the Russian delegation as a whole will not participate in the PA OSCE session in Helsinki, where it planned to put forward draft resolutions on impermissibility of sanctions against parliamentarians and countering Nazism rehabilitation. However, the Duma speaker confirmed that Russia plans to participate in the next PA OSCE session in Mongolia’s capital Ulan Bator.

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