The Bureau of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has unanimously rejected Russia's attempt to sign up Olga Kovitidi to represent Crimea as a delegate to the group, OSCE said in a statement.
“Ms. Kovitidi was identified by the Russian Federation as a Member of the Federation Council representing the government of Crimea. The Bureau made its decision following an official challenge by the Ukrainian Delegation to the OSCE PA regarding the designation”- reads the statement.
Ukraine, which along with the international community does not recognize Crimea’s last year unification with Russia, had challenged Moscow's nomination of Olga Kovitidi as a member of the 323-member assembly that fosters ties between members of parliament in the 57-nation OSCE.
The OSCE cited a recommendation by its credentials committee that members had to represent the country that makes the notification "and not some authority of that country which has been set up on foreign territory in a manner considered illegal by the overwhelming majority of the OSCE participating states."
To recall, Crimean Tatar leader headed to Vienna, to take part in the meeting of the OSCE PA.
Crimea joined Russia in March 2014, following a local referendum on the region’s status, which was condemned as illegal by Kyiv and the international community.