The illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia remains one of the main destabilizing factors and security threats in Europe.This was discussed at the opening of the 27th session of the OSCE parliamentary Assembly in Berlin on Sunday, according to UKRINFORM correspondent in Germany, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to UKRINFORM.
“In some parts of Europe, we are witnessing attempts to rewrite the international recognized borders by force. Protracted conflicts put at risk the security of some regions and their inhabitants. Everything must be aimed at eliminating protracted conflicts”, – said the Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz.
He stressed that the current session is running in the background of a serious security crisis in Europe caused by the illegal annexation of Crimea. The continuing crisis in and around Ukraine Scholz believes a significant impediment to the restoration of confidence between the two countries. The Vice-Chancellor recalled the participation of Germany in the “Normandy format” with the aim of achieving progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
That “crisis in Ukraine” continues to threaten the stability of Europe, said the Chairman of the OSCE PA Giorgi Tsereteli. He shared his impressions about the visit to the Donbass in may at the head of the delegation of the OSCE parliamentary Assembly has called the situation in the region “a real humanitarian tragedy.”
While Tsereteli expressed the hope that “constructive dialogue would contribute to resolving the crisis in accordance with international rules and respecting the territorial integrity of Ukraine”.
According to the Chairman of the parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE in disagreement arise from the trampling of fundamental principles and international law, lack of respect for the territorial integrity, violations of human rights. But everyone should understand that if someone violates the rules, he must answer for it, said Tsereteli.
Thus, according to him, recently “there is too little dialogue and too much tension, which brings us to the brink of war”.
In turn, the President of the German Bundestag Wolfgang Schaeuble called the mission “a unique experience in crisis management.” In his opinion, proved this once again “military escalation in Ukraine”, it is hard to imagine how would look the situation in the centre of Europe, if the OSCE and its monitoring mission.
Schaeuble also listed some of the new challenges facing the world today: cyber attacks, hybrid warfare, war and conflicts, failed states (States loser) and last but not least, the flows of migrants. The head of the German Parliament is convinced that to solve problems on present trends, the rejection of international rules of the multilateral cooperation and lack of willingness to compromise is impossible. In this regard, he stressed that despite the existing contradictions and unresolved conflicts multilateral organizations such as the OSCE, it is important “more than ever”.