Russian occupation of Crimea should be stopped, said once again the United States in its appeal to the OSCE to facilitate the access to the peninsula for international monitors. There was also stressed the need to give control over the peninsula back to Ukraine, Joinfo.ua reports.
This statement was made by Ambassador Daniel Baer, the head of the U.S. Mission to the Organization at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.
"We reiterate a call we have made many times since the occupation of Crimea began: for all participating States to support – and certainly to refrain from obstructing – access to Crimea by OSCE institutions and field operations, including the High Commissioner on National Minorities, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the Representative on Freedom of the Media, and the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine," said Baer.
He noted that at the moment the policy of the Russian occupation administration on the issue of citizenship was of concern. According to him, the residents of Crimea, who refuse to accept Russian citizenship, may be considered as foreigners in their own homeland without the possibility to use many public services, work, or return back to Crimea in the event of deportation.
It should be recalled that on May 20, Congressman Bill Pascrell, known for his constant support of Ukraine, once again reminded of the issue of providing the Armed Forces of Ukraine with weapons.
"I think the United States should go beyond humanitarian assistance, it is necessary to provide such military support, that will ensure that Ukraine can defend itself," said a member of the House of Representatives.