The delegation of Ukraine will not participate in the OSCE ministerial meeting at the level of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on November 30 - December 1 in the city of Skopje in Macedonia due to the decision to allow Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to attend.
This was announced by the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleg Nikolenko on Facebook on November 28.
It is noted that the presence of the Russian delegation at the ministerial meeting at the ministerial level for the first time since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine will only exacerbate the crisis into which Russia has driven the OSCE.
"The delegation of Ukraine will not participate in the OSCE ministerial meeting at the level of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. At the same time, Ukraine remains committed to the principles of the OSCE, ready to continue working with partners to restore respect for the Helsinki Final Act, in particular through the implementation of the Peace Formula of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy," the statement reads.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine highly appreciates the efforts of North Macedonia as the state presiding in 2023 and personally Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani, who have demonstrated high professionalism and unwavering commitment to protecting the principles and commitments of the OSCE. The diplomats expressed special gratitude to North Macedonia for prioritizing the issue of countering Russian aggression against Ukraine during their presidency.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that the Russian Federation is consistently destroying the OSCE, abusing the rule of consensus.
"Resorting to blackmail and open threats, the Russian Federation systematically blocked consensus on key issues. The blocking of Estonia's candidacy for the chairmanship of the OSCE in 2024 was also arbitrary. In addition, Russia illegally detained three Ukrainian OSCE representatives, who have been in prison for more than 500 days. Russia has created an existential crisis in the OSCE and turned the organization into a hostage to its whims and aggression," the Foreign Ministry said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine believes that it is necessary to work together to save the OSCE from Russia, and not to send signals about the possibility of returning to the forms of cooperation that existed before February 2022, to the state that unleashed the largest armed aggression in Europe since the end of World War II and grossly violated all the principles of the Helsinki Final Act.
It should be noted that we are talking about a boycott at the level of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Earlier it was reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov wants to attend a meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council, which will be held from November 30 to December 1 in Skopje, North Macedonia.
On November 28, it became known that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria confirmed that it had granted permission to a plane carrying Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to fly through Bulgarian airspace on its way to North Macedonia.