Ukraine, Baltic Nations To Boycott OSCE Meeting
Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania said their foreign ministers would boycott a meeting of the OSCE European security watchdog in North Macedonia this week because Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov intends to take part.
The meeting of the 57-member OSCE is due to take place from November 30 to December 1 in North Macedonia’s capital, Skopje.
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“The Ukrainian delegation will not participate in the OSCE ministerial meeting at the level of the minister of foreign affairs,” Oleh Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian foreign ministry, wrote in a statement on Facebook.
“In such conditions, the presence of a Russian delegation… at minister-level for the first time since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine will only deepen the crisis into which Russia has driven the OSCE,” he said.
In a gesture of solidarity with Kyiv, the foreign ministers of the three Baltic countries later issued a statement saying they too would not take part in the meeting if Lavrov attends.