"The OSCE PA resolution on the violations of rights and freedom in Crimea and the city of Sevastopol that was included into the final declaration is hypocritical. They are worried about the rights of Tatars but they obviously do not care about the Russian minority, for example, in Estonia, other Baltic states where the Russians do not have a right to vote. All of that is just media propaganda," Mariani said.
The French delegate pointed out that it was "strange" that Europe was talking about the Crimean Tatars now but did not care about their rights under the Ukrainian government.
"The Tatars of Crimea are just a tool of propaganda. First of all, we cannot forget that the Tatars in Crimea are a minority, we need to respect the right of the majority and the majority of the Crimean citizens want to be a part of Russia," Mariani said.
Earlier in the day, the 25th OSCE PA annual session concluded with the adoption of the 2016 Tbilisi Declaration which focuses on security, migration and human rights issues. It includes resolutions proposed by different delegations, include that suggested by Russia calling on the OSCE PA to stress the need to equip passenger aircraft with additional technical means of monitoring conditions on board in real time.