The aggressive policy of Russia makes the development of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) problematic. The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the Head of the Permanent Delegation of Ukraine to the Parliamentary Assembly of the BSEC Refat Chubarov made a corresponding statement during the conference of the Heads of parliaments of the PABSEC member countries, which was held in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 16.

“Head of the Permanent Delegation of Ukraine to the PABSEC noted that the aggressive policy of the Russian Federation towards neighboring countries has in fact brought the organization to a deadlock and makes its further development problematic,” the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported.

In his speech, Chubarov noted that the PABSEC plays an important role as a platform for the development of parliamentary cooperation.

"Summing up the results of the 25-year activity of the Parliamentary Assembly, Refat Chubarov noted that Ukraine unconditionally supports the objectives and aspirations on which the BSEC and the PABSEC are based, and in every way promotes the development of cooperation in the Black Sea region and its transformation into a zone of peace, stability and prosperity,” reads the message.

The Chairman of the Mejlis further stressed that the future of the countries and peoples of the region depends on the principles of peaceful coexistence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the BSEC member countries.

"In his speech, he expressed gratitude to the international partners for a clear position on protecting and restoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within the internationally recognized borders," the report says.

Previously, the Hague Court of Arbitration (The Netherlands) ruled to oblige Russia to compensate losses suffered by Ukrainian companies caused by the annexation of the Crimea.