MOSCOW, December 2. Russia urges OSCE representative on freedom of the media Dunja Mijatovic to abide by its mandate and not be guided by double standards in assessing the situation with freedom of speech. This was stated on Wednesday in the Russian foreign Ministry in connection with the participation of the head of the Russian depodesta Sergei Lavrov at the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Belgrade.
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Russian diplomat: the role of the OSCE has increased, but the deficiencies in the activities of the organization remain
“We draw attention to the need for strict compliance with its mandate, the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, said the Russian foreign Ministry. Unacceptable double standards in assessing the situation with freedom of speech, the lack of consistent reaction of the representative to the restrictive measures of several countries of the OSCE on the Russian media”.
Could not stand the “exam”
the Russian foreign Ministry also stated that the specialized institutions of the OSCE Bureau for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR), high Commissioner on national minorities (HCNM) and the OSCE representative on freedom of the media – couldn’t stand the “exam” for objectivity and independence.
“They maintain non-consensus approaches and projects, thus violating the principle of impartiality, said in depodesta. – Allowed the exceeding of mandates and arbitrary, has not received General approval of States parties, actions”.
“Glaring example is the recent preparation of the notorious “opus” in Crimea by the ODIHR and HCNM, and on extrabudgetary funds”, – said the Russian foreign Ministry.
The issue of moving
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The OSCE Secretary General said about the split within the organization due to the geopolitical situation in the world
Also the foreign Ministry noted that Russia intends to raise the question about the transfer of the Warsaw meeting and office of the high Commissioner on national minorities (HCNM) in Vienna.
“This year there was a question about the ability of some countries to host the activities of the OSCE, – the document says. – Due to the EU sanctions and the position of the Finnish authorities summer session of the OSCE PA (Helsinki, 5-9 July) has passed without the Russian Parliament, and Poland has refused entry to Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea, Georgy Muradov to participate in the review meeting on gamesmario”.
“We intend to raise the issue of the transfer of the Warsaw meeting, as well as the Hague office in Vienna HCNM, the comment emphasizes. – This will allow, including, significantly reduce financial estimates of these structures”.
The extension of the mandate of the OSCE observers
In the commentary of the Russian foreign Ministry noted that the Russian side agree on extending the mandate of the OSCE observers on the Russian-Ukrainian border checkpoints “Donetsk” and “Gukovo” until 31 January 2016. The need to expand their mandate not.