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17:57 14 Apr 2021

Russia scandalously responded to Ukraine's offer to convene OSCE meeting because of escalation in Donbas

A special online meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council and the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation was held today to discuss Russia's unusual military activities near the border with Ukraine and in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories.

The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to international organizations, Yevhen Tsymbaliuk, stated this in Vienna.

He also posted a screenshot of the chat in Zoom, which is used to hold meetings in the OSCE. It's clear from the correspondence that Tsymbalyuk initiated the meeting, in which the US representative also confirmed her participation.

In response, the adviser to the Russian mission Yulia Zhdanova wrote that the head of the Russian delegation Gavrilov "isn't going to cast pearls before…"

"This is all you need to know about Russian diplomacy in the OSCE," Tsymbaliuk said.

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Фото: twitter.com/YevheniiT

In a comment to Ukrinform, Tsymbaliuk said that the Russian delegation opposed the adoption of any decisions.

"The Russian delegation has made it clear that it strongly opposes any decision or approval of any recommendations at this meeting. And when statements began in response to such words from the Russian delegation, we saw they wouldn't, literally, 'cast pearls before…' I leave the assessment of the level of diplomacy of such a statement to the discretion of readers," he said.

To recap, earlier the head of administration of the Russian president and the curator of a Donbas issue in the Kremlin Dmitryy Kozak declared that if Ukraine started an attack on "L/DNR," it would become "the beginning of the end of Ukraine."

Also, the speaker of the President of Russia Dmitriy Peskov stated that in Ukraine, "war is about to resume."

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