SIMFEROPOL, March 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Crimea’s authorities believe that the OSCE should avoid double standards when assessing a referendum on the republic’s accession to Russia, Crimean first vice-premier Rustam Temirgaliev said.
The first vice-premier has commented on the OSCE statement saying it refused to send observers to the referendum in Crimea.
Temirgaliev said when the International Court of Justice took a decision on Kosovo in July 2010 the OSCE supported it.
“Double standards have become normal while assessing the situation in Crimea. No international norm bans a referendum in any country,” Temirgaliev said.
Earlier, OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter said he ruled out a possibility of sending observers to Crimea.
“A referendum in Crimea slated for March 16, 2014 runs counter the Constitution of Ukraine and should be considered illegitimate,” Burkhalter said.