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Finland’s denying visas to Russian lawmakers undermines OSCE’s principles — OSCE chairman

July 09, 2015, 14:25 UTC+3 HELSINKI
Last week, Finland denied entry to the speaker of the Russian State Duma and five more Russian citizens who had planned to take part in the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
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OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic

OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic

© Mikhail Pochuyev/TASS

HELSINKI, July 9. /TASS/. Finland’s move not to allow some Russian delegation members to arrive for the annual session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) undermines its key principle on ensuring the dialogue between the countries, OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic told the plenary session on Thursday.

"The OSCE core role as a platform for dialogue was undermined by the denial of visas to some members of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It is contrary to the spirit of Helsinki," Dacic said.

On Wednesday, the PA approved the Helsinki declaration, the final document of the annual session.

Two resolutions on Russia have become part of it. The first of them on "the continuation of clear, gross and uncorrected violations of OSCE commitments and international norms by the Russian Federation" was proposed by Canada and Ukraine. The second resolution, initiated by Ukraine, alleges that Ukrainian citizens are "abducted and illegally held" by Russia.

A range of countries have refused to vote on these resolutions due to the absence of the Russian representatives.

Last week, Finland denied entry to the speaker of the Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, Sergey Naryshkin and five more Russian citizens who had planned to take part in the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

The country’s Foreign Ministry said that all of them were on the list of individuals sanctioned by the EU. Following the decision, Russia said that none of the Russian delegates would attend it.

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