The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly adopted a declaration at its 23rd annual session in Baku on Wednesday.
99 delegations voted for the declaration, one voted against it, and nine abstained. The Russian delegation did not vote in protest. The declaration underscores respect for the principles of the inviolability of borders and territorial integrity, the peaceful settlement of disputes, and equal rights and self-determination of peoples, as stated in the Helsinki Final Act, and calls on Russia to reverse the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. The declaration calls upon all participating states to refuse to recognize the forced annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly expressed unequivocal support for the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine as defined by the country's Constitution and within its internationally recognized borders. The Assembly welcomed the active engagement of the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship in the crisis in and around Ukraine and the deployment of the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine as well as the activities of the OSCE executive structures and other relevant international actors operating in Ukraine with the aim of reducing tensions, fostering stability and promoting national dialogue. The declaration calls for the creation, on the platform of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, of an inter-parliamentary liaison group on Ukraine in order to de-escalate the situation on the ground and support the country out of the crisis and condemns the occupation of the territory of Ukraine.