BERLIN (QHA) -

Russia is undermining the basic values of the OSCE. The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, made a corresponding statement during his speech at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA), which took place in Berlin from July 7 to 11.

“I understand the special complexity of the situation, which consists in the fact that Russia, as an OSCE participant, completely undermines, turns into dust the basic values of the organization. But this does not mean that we should remain silent, retreating before the aggression that could lead the whole region to catastrophic events and tragedies.”

The Chairman of the Mejlis cited an excerpt from the OSCE resolution adopted in 2014 "An obvious, crude and uncorrected violation of the Helsinki principles by the Russian Federation."

“I quote: "The Assembly affirmed that the Russian Federation has, since February 2014, violated every one of the ten Helsinki principles in its relations with Ukraine, some in a clear, gross and thus far uncorrected manner, and is in violation of the commitments it undertook in the Budapest Memorandum, as well as other international obligations.” Dear colleagues, four years have passed, Russia is an OSCE member. Any of the ten principles violated were not corrected.”

Chubarov noted that the implementation of OSCE decisions is required to ensure peace.

“First of all, I addressed the previous documents of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The dividing line for me was February 2014, the beginning of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. Obviously, for the development of our organization, ensuring peace in the region, strengthening the role of the OSCE, preventing conflicts, it is necessary to implement the decisions we make," he said.

The Chairman of the Mejlis recalled that on March 1, 2014 the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation voted to bring the Russian troops into the territory of Ukraine and are now trying to replicate the actions of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1944.

“In 2014 Russian parliamentarians pressed the button of the war, which resulted in the loss of more than 10 thousand lives of Ukrainians. Now the Russian occupation authorities are doing everything to displace Crimean Tatars from their land with repressions and persecutions. They seek to repeat what Stalin did in 1944, expelling the indigenous people from the Crimea.”

Chubarov expressed hope for the support of the OSCE in the vote "for a resolution on the violation of human rights, rights of the Crimean Tatar people by the Russian occupation authorities in the Crimea", which was held on July 11.

"The overwhelming majority of the Crimean population, are waiting for our support, including 95 political prisoners of the Crimea, Oleg Sentsov, Ruslan Zeytullaev, Emir-Usein Kuku, who has also been on hunger strike for two weeks, Bekir Degermendzhi, Kazim Ametov, Seyran Saliev , Server Mustafayev. I cannot call all the names. I conclude by calling for further consolidation of our efforts within the OSCE framework, assisting Ukraine in restoring its territorial integrity, within its internationally recognized borders, including the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.”

Earlier, Refat Chubarov noted that the Committee for Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs of the OSCE PA supported the Ukrainian draft resolution on human rights violations in the annexed Crimea. According to the Chairman of the Mejlis, 35 people voted for the resolution, nine opposed, and seven abstained.

QHA