Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized the Austrian side, which this year chairs the OSCE. The reason for the indignation of Moscow was the refusal of journalists from Crimea and Sevastopol to obtain a visa. Representatives of the media were going to participate in the OSCE session, dedicated, in particular, to the topic of freedom of the media. Journalists, being registered under all OSCE rules, did not receive permission to enter the country.
«We consider this a mistake. The participants in the meeting will be deprived of the opportunity to hear the picture in its comprehensive dimension. They could not bring the whole truth about the situation on the peninsula. It is an unacceptable situation when journalists living in the Crimea and Sevastopol are subjected to discrimination and collective punishment for their choice, which they made consciously in 2014,» Lavrov said.
He also added that from the Russian side an appropriate representation was delivered to the Austrian interim attorney. The Minister hopes that other countries presiding in the OSCE will not allow such mistakes in the future.