Ukraine and the Baltic international locations introduced a boycott of the OSCE assembly due to the choice on Lavrov’s participation in it

Ukraine stated on Tuesday that the nation’s Overseas Minister intends to boycott an OSCE assembly in North Macedonia this week as a result of Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov will participate in it for the primary time since Russia’s navy operation in Ukraine started.

Earlier, Lavrov stated that he would participate within the assembly if Bulgaria opens its airspace for him. Based on him, some Western international locations have requested for a gathering with him.

Allow us to recall that Bulgarian airspace is closed to Russian plane after the European Union imposed sanctions towards Moscow in response to the Russian navy operation in Ukraine.

“The Ukrainian delegation won’t take part within the OSCE ministerial assembly on the stage of the minister of overseas affairs,” Oleh Nikolenko, press secretary of the Ukrainian Overseas Ministry, stated on Fb.

A ministerial assembly of the 57-nation OSCE is because of happen in Skopje from November 30 to December 1.

In his assertion, Nikolenko famous that Russia abused the consensus guidelines in pressure within the group, resorting to blackmail and open threats. He additionally acknowledged that Moscow has been holding three Ukrainian representatives of the OSCE in custody for 500 days.

“In such circumstances, the presence of a Russian delegation… at minister-level for the primary time for the reason that begin of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine will solely deepen the disaster into which Russia has pushed the OSCE,” Nikolenko emphasised, Reuters printed.

On the identical day, the overseas ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia additionally introduced their intention to boycott the OSCE assembly in Skopje because of the determination taken on the admissibility of the participation of the Russian Overseas Minister in it.

Based on them, the presence of Sergei Lavrov on the assembly will give Moscow the chance to conduct propaganda and carries the danger of legitimizing the aggressor nation “as a reliable member of our neighborhood of free nations.”

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