Foreign Secretary statement on Russia’s failure to turn up to OSCE military build-up meeting for the second time

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss gave a statement on Russia’s failure to send a representative to an OSCE meeting about its military build-up on the border with Ukraine – for the second time.

On 11th February, Ukraine triggered Chapter 3 of the OSCE Vienna Document, demanding Russia explain its military build-up on its border.

Russia, eight hours late in responding and failing to provide adequate liaison, forced Ukraine to trigger a meeting with Russia and all other OSCE states which was due to be held on Tuesday February 15 to address their concerns.

However, Russia failed to send any representation to that meeting and then a subsequent meeting that was planned for today.

Responding to Russia’s failure again to send a representative to an Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) meeting about its military build-up, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said:

Despite Russia’s claims to seek dialogue, all the evidence shows the opposite. This is the second OSCE meeting that Russia has boycotted. If Russia was serious about de-escalation, it would withdraw its troops and show up to these meetings. Instead we see contempt for the OSCE commitments to which it freely signed up.

Russia has the opportunity to de-escalate, withdraw its troops, and engage in meaningful dialogue. It must do so.

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