Limitation of rights of the Crimean people is contrary to OSCE commitments, said lukyantsev

CC BY-SA 2.0 / Fr Maxim Massalitin / New world. View of Cape Kapchik, and king’s beach.Cape Kapchik Crimea. Archival photoLimitation of rights of the Crimean people is contrary to OSCE commitments, said lukyantsevCC BY-SA 2.0 / Fr Maxim Massalitin / New world. View of Cape Kapchik, and king’s beach.

Restriction of the rights of inhabitants of the Crimea on the part of some EU countries is outright discrimination and is contrary to existing States parties of the OSCE commitments, said in Warsaw on Friday at the closing meeting of the OSCE on the human dimension of Deputy head of the Russian delegation Grigory lukyantsev.

The European Union in the framework of sanctions against residents of the Crimean Peninsula, voted in 2014 for the reunification with Russia, refused to issue Schengen visas living in the Crimea to the holders of Russian passports.

«Currently, our partners to the West of Vienna did not cease to emphasize the fundamental importance of the right to freedom of expression, otherwise known as freedom of speech… isn’t it a paradox that now the United States, European Union countries and their supporters use the realization of the right to freedom of expression in Crimea is for the collective punishment of the population of the entire Peninsula?», — lukyantsev stressed.

He recalled that in 1975 the Western countries as one of the most important achievements of the CSCE Final act called it enshrines freedom of movement.

«Moreover, it is a punishment for the same «sacred» for them, freedom of movement, which fought so Western countries at the conclusion of the Helsinki final act. Once again we emphasize that the practice of restricting the right to freedom of movement of inhabitants of the Crimea – both from the point of view of the issuance of visas and the recognition of Russian passports issued in this region of Russia, is openly discriminatory and contrary to existing States parties of the OSCE obligations», — concluded the Russian representative.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russia. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to the President of the Russian Federation, the issue of Crimea is closed completely.

The European Union in June 2014, imposed sanctions against the Crimea. Restrictions began with the ban on the import of EU goods without Ukrainian certificates, later, the European Union has restricted the import in Crimea of a significant amount of goods from the EU and completely banned investment in the economy of the Peninsula.

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