According to Kanerva, the key OSCE commitments were flouted during the conflict in Ukraine with the fact that territorial integrity of one of the member countries was violated. He urged all parties to honor their ceasefire commitments strictly and to implement the measures agreed upon in the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum in their entirety.
"The ball is clearly in Russia's court," the group's president, Ilkka Kanerva, said in The Hague today. "In order to move forward toward a peaceful resolution of this crisis, Russia must withdraw all forces and equipment from Ukraine and away from its border and end its support for separatist forces."
Russia has repeatedly denied the presence of its troops on the territory of Ukraine, as well as support of the separatists in the east.
The OSCE PA president also referred to the 1975 Helsinki Final Act, the OSCE's founding document, in commenting on recent public statements by Russian officials in which they have called for guarantees that Ukraine will not pursue NATO membership. The first in the Final Act's decalogue of core principles states that OSCE participating States "have the right to belong or not to belong to international organizations, to be or not to be a party to bilateral or multilateral treaties, including the right to be or not to be a party to treaties of alliance."
"Simply put, it's up to Ukraine and no one else," Kanerva said.