The OSCE will never recognize the occupation of the Crimean peninsula, as it has significant consequences for Europe, the OSCE representative Wolfgang Bindzayl, said during the panel discussion “German OSCE Chairmanship - the best of times for protection of human rights in Donbas and Crimea” held in Kyiv.  

“We will never recognize the annexation of Crimea, as the peace in Europe has been disturbed since then,” said Bindzayl.

At the same time, Ukraine plays a major role in de-occupation of Crimea, according to the representative.

“It is necessary to bring to the people’s consciousness what is the actual situation in the occupied peninsula,” he said.

In addition, Bindzayl stressed that it is possible to resume the sovereignty over the Donbas through the Minsk agreements, namely by holding elections within  the territory of conflict.

“The current working group in Minsk placed much emphasis on elections in the Donbas, but these elections can only take place under the OSCE standards,” said Wolfgang Bindzayl.

According to the representative of Germany, the Ukrainian side should be willing to hold such elections.