The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will not go to the occupied Crimea without the invitation of the Ukrainian authorities, the Press Secretary of the organization Thomas Rymer stated.
Rymer noted that the Russian newspaper Izvestia, which reported about the OSCE / ODIHR's intention to visit the annexed peninsula, pulled out the phrase from the context and made an incorrect statement.
“We said that we are always ready to organize a visit to assess the human rights situation in the region, but only on condition of invitation from the authorities in Ukraine. We are not preparing any mission now and did not change our position," OSCE ODIHR Spokesman explained.
QHA reported that Verkhovna Rada Vice-Speaker Irina Gerashchenko called on the parliament to approve the appeal to the OSCE in connection with the illegal election of the Russian president in the occupied Crimea. Gerashchenko emphasized that observers of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) for the second time failed to indicate the holding of illegal elections by the Russian Federation in the occupied Crimea in their report.