OSCE MPs deem Russian activity in Ukraine 'assault'

OSCE parliamentary assembly condemns Russian ‘assault’ in Ukraine

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The parliamentary assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) passed a resolution on Wednesday which condemned Russia’s “assault” in Ukraine.

"The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly condemns the Russian federation's unilateral and unjustified assault on Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and the continuation of clear, gross and uncorrected violations of the principles of the Helsinki Final Act," the resolution said.

The parliamentary assembly of the OSCE is holding meetings until Thursday in Helsinki, for the purpose of dialogue between Eastern and Western Europe.

Russia did not attend the meeting, after Finland prevented its six members from attending, as they were on a EU blacklist due to their involvement in their Ukraine crisis.

Since a Russian delegation was not present to defend itself at the meeting, some members were worried about the presence of an anti-Russian stance that might further worsen relations, which drove France and Switzerland to avoid placing a vote.

France admitted that its delegation abstained from voting as the Russian delegation was not present at the meeting.

Those who voted in favour of the resolution were 96, while seven voted against, and 32 nations abstained from voting.

The European Union and the US have imposed banking, arms and energy sanctions on Russia since its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Moscow is being accused of sponsoring the separatist rebels in Russia, by providing military and political support.

Russia, however denies the allegations.

Russia reportedly cut off its energy supply on Tuesday to rebel-run regions in Ukraine, suggesting that it is withdrawing its support of the separatists whom it allegedly sponsored to create a “New Russia.”

TRTWorld and agencies