The Russian foreign Ministry: the OSCE / ODIHR is working biased and often exceeds the powers

The Russian foreign Ministry: the OSCE / ODIHR is working biased and often exceeds the powers


The Western participants of the Warsaw meeting were originally set up not for substantive discussion, and in its thoughtless and senseless politicization, noted the Russian foreign Ministry.

MOSCOW, 3 Oct. The office for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE in its work often goes beyond the mandate and exceeding the powers stated in the commentary of the Russian foreign Ministry following the meeting of the OSCE on review of implementation of commitments in the human dimension, held in Warsaw.

“The meeting examined the activities of the OSCE Executive structures. In this regard drew the attention of States parties to the OSCE of bias some apolstry, in particular the ODIHR (Office for democratic institutions and human rights) and the Supreme Commissioner on Affairs of national minorities, and blatant overstepping their authority and going beyond the mandate” — said in a statement posted on the Russian MFA web-site.

The Russian foreign Ministry noted that “Western participants were originally set up not for substantive discussion, and in its thoughtless and senseless politicization”. “The U.S., member countries of the European Union, as well as Ukraine rushed baseless, unsubstantiated accusations against Russia and other countries “East of Vienna”, — stated in the message.

“For its part, made clear that any attempts to turn the Warsaw meeting in “theatrical” instead of conducting direct and constructive dialogue do not contribute to human rights in the OSCE space”, — said the Russian foreign Ministry.

According to the report, “the sad distinction of the current review meeting from similar forums held previously was an unprecedented action and the organizers of the Polish side aimed at creating obstacles for participation in the forum of the official Russian delegation and a number of civil society representatives”. “One of the Russian NGOs were denied visas, others, the representatives of which still managed to come to Poland, I tried to avoid that word, or to interrupt the presentation. Such a discriminatory approach was a new dramatic confirmation of the practice of “double standards”, which are popular among the Western countries”, — stated in the message.