OSCE Chairman-in-Office Rau, OSCE PA President Cederfelt, OSCE SG Schmid and PA SG Montella condemn Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory

statement 300922L-R: Zbigniew Rau, Helga Maria Schmid, Margareta Cederfelt and Roberto MontellaWARSAW/VIENNA/COPENHAGEN, 30 September 2022 – The OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Margareta Cederfelt (MP, Sweden), OSCE Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid, and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Secretary General Roberto Montella, unanimously and categorically condemn the Russian Federation’s illegal annexation of parts of the territories of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson oblasts of Ukraine, as well as the continued occupation of Crimea:

“The illegal annexation of sovereign Ukrainian territory, announced today by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is unacceptable. It eviscerates the principle of territorial integrity, which is at the core of the OSCE’s founding principles and the international order. These actions by the Russian Federation, which include military mobilization and irresponsible nuclear threats, will only lead to greater escalation of conflict, putting further millions of lives at risk and causing more senseless human suffering. The step announced today is a blatant violation of the fundamental rules of international law, the UN Charter and the OSCE’s fundamental principles. It constitutes an affront to the commitments to which all participating States have agreed.

We once again call on the Russian Federation to withdraw all its forces from across Ukraine. We also reiterate the OSCE’s unwavering support to Ukraine’s population in these challenging times and its commitment to Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.”



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