On September 16, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin met with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
During the meeting the interlocutors expressed concern about
deterioration of the rights of national minorities as a result of aggression of
the Russian Federation against our state and the illegal occupation of the
The parties emphasized that monitoring by the Office of the OSCE High
Commissioner of the situation in the territory of Ukraine, in particular in the
Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and the appropriate
response to any threats to the rights of national minorities were viewed as top
priority for both sides.
"Worsening of the situation in the sphere of protection of human
rights and fundamental freedoms of national minorities in the Autonomous
Republic of Crimea is unacceptable. There observed numerous violations of the
rights of ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars living on the Peninsula.
Responsibility for the violation of the determined by the Constitution and laws
of Ukraine rights and freedoms of a person and citizen in the temporarily
occupied territory lays with the Russian Federation," said Pavlo Klimkin.