EU Diplomacy Chief Ignores OSCE Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister
Thursday, 30 November 2023
Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, despite the statement that he will go to Skopje, has ignored the ministerial meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), where Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov participates.
Rasa Ostrauskaite, Deputy Head of the EU delegation to the OSCE, spoke on behalf of the European Union at the meeting instead of Borrell.
She categorically condemned Russia and Belarus for their aggression and actions that undermine security in Europe, but did not directly mention Borrell's demarche.
On Tuesday, 28 November, Borrell said he would go to Skopje, despite the presence of Lavrov, even though the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states are boycotting the meeting.