BERLIN, July 7. /TASS/. Vice-speaker of the state Duma, the head of the Russian delegation to the OSCE parliamentary Assembly Peter Tolstoy called on the Assembly not to consider at the annual session in Berlin on three draft resolutions related to human rights in the Crimea, criticism of the Russian judicial system and the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 events in South Ossetia.
“The Russian Federation proposes at this session to consider these three resolutions that their authors had an opportunity to come to Russia and see with his own eyes in the real situation, not to put the Assembly in a situation where we have to make decisions that are clearly unrelated to reality,” said Colon, speaking on Saturday at a meeting of the standing Committee of the OSCE PA. “Therefore, the proposal of the Russian Federation – these three resolutions at this session to consider postponing them to a later date”, – he stressed.
“They are, in our opinion, are biased and confrontational, whereas, our organization seeks to establish cooperation, stressed the head of the Russian delegation. – In many respects the provisions of those resolutions are not based on facts but on speculation and so-called fake news (false news, distorted information – approx. TASS)”.
“No one has the right to give lessons of the Russian Federation”
Referring to the author of one of the resolutions, the Swedish MP Margaret Nederpelt, Tolstoy assured that also stands for “freedom of speech and, of course, for freedom of discussion.” He recalled that “because of the confrontational position towards Russia, the Russian delegation did not take part in the discussion of the solutions of the documents of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe”. “And now the PACE with some difficulty looking for a way out of this situation”, – stated the politician.
“If we want our organization to play confrontational and not related to reality, based on the output of several non-governmental organizations theses, I would like to say that Russia acts categorically against such approach”, – warned Vice-the speaker of the state Duma. “No right, no one to give lessons to my country”, he concluded.
Russia will not support the Declaration of the OSCE PA
The Russian delegation will not support the Declaration of the OSCE PA following its Berlin session in the case of the inclusion in this document of the three anti-Russian resolutions, said Saturday the head of the Russian delegation, Vice-speaker of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy, answering the question TASS.
“Yes, of course [not support], we are in Minsk (last summer session of the OSCE PA – approx. TASS) occupied the same position”, – said the politician.
Earlier on Saturday, at the meeting of the standing Committee of the Assembly, despite the objections of the Russian delegation, it was decided to leave the consideration of the participants of the session, three draft resolutions dealing with human rights in Crimea, criticism of the Russian judicial system and the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 events in South Ossetia.
Directly according to the documents, the delegation of the Russian Federation “will vote against, to convince colleagues in the plenary session, putting forward arguments about the insolvency of a number of theses in these resolutions, the Assembly took no action based on fake news (false news, distorted information – approx. TASS)” and someone’s ideas about beauty,” said Tolstoy.
The contents of the resolutions
One of the projects of the resolutions in question were made by the Ukrainian delegation. It is dedicated to “the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms” in the Crimea. The document consists of 17 demands, including a halt to “the eradication of education in the Ukrainian language and to cancel the decision to declare the “Majlis [Crimean Tatar people]” extremist organization” (an organization banned in Russia – approx. TASS). The authors are also required to create “favorable conditions” for independent journalists, human rights defenders and lawyers.
In the draft resolution, which was introduced by the Swedish delegation, calls for Russia to enact laws “to fight crimes of hate,” and to ensure a fair trial in accordance with the guarantees of the European Convention on human rights. Swedish MP Margareta Zederfeldt that prepared the draft, asks the Russian Federation to release everyone who was detained for “peacefully exercising the rights to freedom of expression and Assembly.”
Its draft resolution concerning the approaching decades of the events in South Ossetia, Georgia made. The Chairman of the Committee on foreign relations of the Parliament of Georgia Sophiko katsarava that prepared the document calls for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in accordance with international law and the Helsinki principles, as well as the full implementation of the agreement on the ceasefire of 12 August 2008.