The Committee on Political Affairs and Security of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA) drafted the resolution "Enhancing mutual trust and co-operation for peace and prosperity in the OSCE region" for consideration, which also contains an appeal to Russia for the de-occupation of the Crimea and the Donbas.
The document recognizes that "certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions" are under the control of "Russian hybrid forces".
In the resolution, the OSCE PA calls on the Russian Federation as the occupying state, to ensure unimpeded movement of the OSCE SMM across the territory of the Crimea, and also expresses support for the Minsk Protocol and the Minsk memorandum on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas.
The document also calls on the parties to the conflict to withdraw large-caliber weapons and allow humanitarian missions to carry out their activities in the Donbas.
The deputies demand Russia to stop the occupation of Ukrainian territories and respect the principles of the inviolability of borders and territorial integrity, the peaceful settlement of disputes, equality and self-determination of peoples enshrined in the Helsinki Final Act.
The resolution calls on the Russian Federation to refrain from aggressive practices and abolish the decision on the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Reference: the Parliamentary Assembly will meet in the Belarusian capital for the first time in the history of the OSCE - from 1996 to 2003 the organization did not recognize the National Assembly of Belarus as a legitimately elected parliament. The session will last for five days, debates are expected not only around the crisis in Ukraine, it will also touch upon the protracted conflicts in the South Caucasus, the fight against corruption, the rights of refugees and other issues.
The Ukrainian delegation is headed by Arthur Gerasimov, the Head of the "Petro Poroshenko Bloc" faction.