“Ukraine will convene a meeting within 48 hours with Russia and all countries party to the OSCE Vienna Document to discuss the deployment of Russian troops at Ukrainian borders,” Dmytro Kuleba, head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine announced on Sunday.
“Russia failed to respond to our request under the Vienna Document. Consequently, we take the next step. We request a meeting with Russia and all participating states within 48 hours to discuss its reinforcement and redeployment along our border and in temporarily occupied Crimea,” he wrote on social media.
Russia failed to respond to our request under the Vienna Document. Consequently, we take the next step. We request a meeting with Russia and all participating states within 48 hours to discuss its reinforcement & redeployment along our border & in temporarily occupied Crimea 1/2
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) February 13, 2022
“If Russia is serious when it talks about the indivisibility of security in the OSCE space, it must fulfill its commitment to military transparency in order to de-escalate tensions and enhance security for all,” he added.
Ukraine triggers the “risk reduction mechanism”
On Friday, Mr Kułeba announced that Ukraine “officially triggered the risk reduction mechanism in accordance with para. III of the Vienna Document and requested Russia to provide a detailed explanation of military activities” in the areas adjacent to its borders.
The minister added that according to the Vienna Document, “Russia needs to provide a detailed explanation on the objectives, precise location and dates of completion of its military activities, as well as designation, subordination, number and types of formations, as well as types of equipment involved.”
He also stressed that if Russia did not respond within 48 hours, Ukraine would ask it and the rest of the countries party to the Vienna Document to convene an extraordinary meeting, at which the Kremlin should provide an explanation.
OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Poland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau (L) and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (R), Photo:PAP/EPA/VALENTYN OGIRENKO
Russia launches military drills in Belarus
The Russian “Union Resolve” military manoeuvres began in Belarus on Thursday. The exercises, announced as the final stage of the “Union State’s…
Lithuania concerned by Russian maneuvers in Belarus
The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on Friday that the country, along with Estonia and Latvia, asked Belarus to clarify the objective of the unusual concentration of armed forces on its territory. Russian-Belarusian drills have been taking place there since Thursday.
The Baltic states also referred to the OSCE Vienna Document in their application to the Belarusian authorities.
The answers to our questions that we received yesterday from #Belarus were unsatisfactory. Therefore, in line with #ViennaDocument provisions, ������������ have just requested #OSCE2022POL @PLinOSCE to convene a meeting with ���� & other interested @OSCE States on these important issues. https://t.co/ghwGzO1aw1
— Lithuania MFA (@LithuaniaMFA) February 12, 2022
The document introduced mechanisms aimed at ensuring consultation and cooperation between the parties in order to reduce military risk, ensure transparency and prevent military incidents. According to its records, any maneuvers involving more than 13,000 soldiers should be open to external observers and other countries informed.
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