Senator Roger Wicker, a member of the U.S. delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Helsinki, recalled that Russia was violating the inviolability of the borders of the OSCE member country, Joinfo.ua reports.
The Senator said that the annexation of Crimea by Russia, which was put on the agenda of the OSCE PA meeting, was “Russian aggression” and “annexation by a strong power” of another state that was a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
“You can make up whatever excuse, but everyone around the world, on both sides of the issue, understand that this is an act of aggression. <…> It is outrageous. It must to be condemned, and, frankly, it has to be responded with force,” Wicker said.
July 6, in Helsinki opened the plenary session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act, signed by the leaders of the Soviet Union, the U.S. and Europe during the Cold War.
It should be recalled that the Russian State Duma Speaker Naryshkin was not allowed to Helsinki for the OSCE PA session. Back in May, the head of the State Duma Sergei Naryshkin announced his intention to head the Russian delegation at the OSCE PA session in Helsinki. However, in March 2014 the EU Council banned Naryshkin from entering the European Union countries, and after that the ban has not been lifted.