Ukraine demands a meeting with Russia over its military activity | Europe update | Dr..

The Ukrainian government demanded this Sunday (02.13.2022) a meeting within the next 48 hours with Russia and all countries participating in the Vienna Document of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe after Moscow ignored the ultimatum that it had to respond in detail about its military activities near the border with Ukraine. .

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in his official Twitter account that “Russia did not even respond to our request under the Vienna Document” on measures aimed at building confidence and security that Ukraine presented last Friday to what it has been until today.

“We demand a meeting with Russia and all participating countries within 48 hours to discuss reinforcements and redeployments along our borders and the temporarily occupied Crimea,” he said.

Kuleba stressed that Russia must honor its commitments to military transparency to de-escalate tensions and improve security for all if it is to get serious about indivisible security in the OSCE space.

Ukraine on Friday appealed to the Vienna Document and demanded that Russia provide detailed explanations about its military activities near the Ukrainian border, where more than 100,000 soldiers and heavy weapons are stationed.

“We are officially applying the risk reduction mechanism (…) and we are asking Russia to provide detailed explanations about military activities in the areas bordering Ukraine and the temporarily occupied Crimea,” Kuleba said two days ago. Russia and Belarus are also conducting 20 joint exercises on Belarusian territory, a few kilometers from Kiev, from last Thursday until the next day.

On the same Thursday, Russia also began naval exercises in the Black Sea. The 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence and Security Building Measures is binding and mandatory for all OSCE members.

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The head of Ukrainian diplomacy noted that, according to this document, Russia should “report the designated areas of its military activity, announce the dates for the end of the exercises” and other data such as the number of military units involved, the type of weapons and military equipment used. (EFE)

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