18:21 Aug. 12, 2016
Russia's representative to OSCE says the organization isn't entitled to work on the peninsula
Kremlin won't provide access for OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) representatives in Ukraine to Russia-annexed Crimea.
According to Aleksandr Lukashevich, Russia's Permanent Representative to OSCE, the SMM has no right to operate on the peninsula.
"The OSCE SMM works on the Ukrainian territory, but not Crimea. Crimea is a territory of Russia. We discussed that the mission doesn't relate to Crimea as it is a part of the Russian Federation. But our Western colleagues consider the whole territory to be Ukrainian, including Crimea", Lukashevich stated for Russian news agency Ria Novosti.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked the OSCE to undertake measures to gain access to the border with Russia and Russia-occupied Crimea. The Ministry wants the Organization to assess the situation on the Russian-controlled territory of the peninsula.