Russia accuses West of undermining OSCE security body

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(Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on December 1 that major problems were accumulating in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, urging Western powers to turn the post-Cold War OSCE into a real bridge with Russia. accused of missing an opportunity to

Poland rejected the Russian delegation visa He said he will attend the OSCE Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Lodz on Thursday and Friday and that the OSCE Permanent Representative will represent Moscow instead.

In a press conference that accompanied the meeting, Lavrov gave a list of Russia’s historical grievances against Western powers, saying that NATO’s “reckless expansion” meant that Europe’s premier security and rights watchdog was 57 countries. said that he underestimated the basic principles of the OSCE.

“The West has tried for years to use its numerical superiority in this organization to privatize it. It’s the last platform for regional dialogue,” Lavrov said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was then asked if Russia could withdraw from the pan-European institution.

“Thanks to the position taken by the OSCE, the organization automatically loses its effectiveness,” said Peskov. We will lose,” Peskov said. news agency.

Ukraine is demanding Russia’s expulsion from the OSCE. invasion its neighbor. Kyiv also opposed the title of the event at the Lodz Conference, which referred to the OSCE at a crossroads.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba wrote on Twitter: “I dared to oppose the title. The OSCE is on its way to hell because Russia is abusing its rules and principles…”

“When it comes to Russia, everything has been tried to please, to appease, to be kind, to be neutral, to engage, not to call a spade a spade. In conclusion, the OSCE would be better off going on without Russia.” “.”

US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland said in Lodz that Russia “clearly failed to defeat the OSCE”.

“On the contrary, this organization, like the United Nations, said ‘no’ to Russia’s attempts to divide, paralyze and destroy it,” she said.

Reported by Reuters, edited by Andrew Osborn, Timothy Heritage and Mark Heinrich

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