Liz Truss responds to Russia’s no show at military meeting

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

Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss has issued a response to Russia’s failure to turn up to an OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) meeting on Tuesday.

Last week (Friday 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 yesterday on Tuesday February 15 to address their concerns.

However, Russia failed to send any representation to the meeting.

On Tuesday evening UK Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss issued the following statement on Russia’s failure to turn up to the OSCE military build-up meeting:

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said:

Russia is patently failing to live up to the international commitments it has made around transparency.

If the Kremlin is serious about a diplomatic resolution, then it needs to show up to diplomatic meetings and commit to meaningful talks. Russia’s refusal to engage with the OSCE process demonstrates its contempt for the commitments it freely signed up to.

It is Russia that is the aggressor here. The troops stationed on the border are clear threat to Ukraine. The UK and our allies urge the Kremlin to withdraw its troops and enter discussions based on the proposals put forward by NATO to improve transparency and reduce risk.

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