Chairman of Russian State Duma (Gosduma) Sergey Naryshkin at the International Parliamentary Forum invited OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva to visit Crimea. “We’ll see, it depends on my timetable,” stated Kanerva to the journalists of Sputnik. "I recognize some specific problems in Crimea and they are also in the interest of the OSCE. If I have time, why not? I am considering to go there," said OSCE PA President.
Earlier OSCE PA President admitted that Crimea is Ukraine on the ocasion of the anniversary of Crimea’s illegal annexation. "Russia attempted to legitimize its occupation of Crimea and the fabricated ‘referendum’ that followed by supposedly integrating the Ukrainian territory into its own. One year later, the annexation is not one bit less illegal, Russia’s actions are not one bit less reprehensible and the blow to the OSCE’s founding principles is not one bit less intense. While the situation in the east of Ukraine may have since taken Crimea’s place in the headlines, the world must never forget this clear breach of international norms," he stated some few month ago.