Ukraine requests OSCE meeting over Russia's military build-up

Ukraine requests OSCE meeting over Russia's military build-up

Ukraine has requested an emergency meeting within the OSCE after Russia ignored Ukraine's request under the OSCE Vienna Document to clarify Russia's military activity along its border with Ukraine and in temporarily occupied Crimea.

According to Ukrinform, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said this on his Twitter account.

"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," Kuleba said.

According to him, 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."

On February 11, Ukraine officially triggered the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures and asked Russia to provide detailed explanations of its military activity in the areas adjacent to Ukraine and in temporarily occupied Crimea.

According to the Vienna Document, Russia had to specify the exact areas of military activity, the date of its completion, as well as the name, subordination, number of military formations, and the types of weapons and military equipment involved. According to the procedure, a response from Russia was to be provided within 48 hours.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that if there was no response or insufficient or inadequate information, Ukraine would address Russia and other member states of the Vienna Document in order to convene an emergency meeting within the OSCE at which Russia will have to provide explanations.


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