MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. The Federation Council Committee for Foreign Affairs is preparing a draft address of the upper chamber to foreign parliaments and international parliamentary organizations in light of Ukraine’s provocations against Russia, committee head Konstantin Kosachyov told journalists on Monday.
“We considered it possible to prepare a special address of the Federation Council to foreign members of parliament and international parliamentary structures, and here our first addressee is definitely the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. We expect our colleagues in national parliaments and our colleagues in international parliamentary organizations to resolutely denounce these provocative actions of Ukraine’s authorities as well,” Kosachyov said after the closed part of the committee session, which discussed the issue of Russian-Ukrainian relations.
He said that the senators started working on the draft address and expect to end the work before the end of the current day to further present it at a session of the Chamber Council that will take place on Tuesday. “We expect the initiative to be supported by the Chamber Council, and our draft address to be studied at the plenary session that will take place on December 5,” the committee chairman said.
The senator explained that the participants of the closed session, which involved representatives for the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), discussed the situation in Russian-Ukrainian relations in light of the provocation carried out by Kiev’s authorities, as well as dwelled on Kiev’s subsequent actions, including the introduction of martial law in some regions of the country and banning entry to Ukraine for Russian citizens aged 16 to 60.
“We regarded the actions by the Ukrainian side taken together as criminal ones against citizens of their own country and Russian citizens who are equally interested in preserving normal and maximally friendly relations between the two countries and nations,” the senator stressed.
The session participants also noted the general understanding of the fact that “further attempts by some states, chiefly Western states, to connive at Ukraine’s provocative actions or keep silent, pretending that this situation does not concern them, continue to equally connive at these destructive, provocative actions by the Ukrainian side, which may lead to unexpected and irreversible consequences sooner or later.”
The Ukrainian provocation
On November 25, three Ukrainian naval ships breached the Russian state border in the Kerch Strait. The Ukrainian ships did not respond to the legitimate demands coming from the vessels of the Border Service of the Russian Security Service (FSB) and the Black Sea Fleet that had pursued them in order to stop them immediately and thwart their dangerous maneuvers. Because of their blatant refusal to submit to the order, gunfire had to be used to stop the intruding Ukrainian ships. Three Ukrainian servicemen were lightly injured and later received medical treatment. In addition, the ships were detained. A criminal case was launched into the breach of the Russian state border. The Russian side called the incident a provocation, Ukraine’s authorities initiated the introduction of martial law, and the EU and NATO called for de-escalation.
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