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.

He also stated that he agrees with North Macedonia's decision to allow the Russian delegation to attend the OSCE ministerial meeting so that Lavrov could personally hear the criticism.

Earlier, it was reported that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken left the OSCE meeting before the Russian Foreign Minister arrived.

If you notice an error, select the required text and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editors.