Diplomatic Front – OSCE Letter to Austria: No Russians at the Summit!


A diplomatic front against Austria has formed in the OSCE. 81 MPs from 20 countries are calling on chancellors, foreign ministers and other senior domestic politicians to prevent the Russian delegation from attending the upcoming OSCE conference in Vienna. The letter, quoted by the Press on Thursday, called on the federal government not to issue entry visas to Russian MPs under international sanctions.

“We expect that decisions will be made that prevent their participation,” says the letter to Chancellor Karl Nehammer, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg and the Chairman of the National Council Wolfgang Sobotka (all ÖVP), as well as the Chairman of the Federal Council Günter Kovacs (SPÖ) and Margareta. Cederfelt, Chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The involvement of Russian MPs just one year after the “criminal invasion” of Ukraine could be seen as a “provocation,” the argument goes.

MEPs from 20 countries joined forces
According to the Presse, the letter was signed by OSCE delegates from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, France, Georgia, Great Britain, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden, Czech Republic and Ukraine. The State Department on Thursday acknowledged receipt of the letter at the request of the APA.

OSCE meeting on the anniversary of the invasion
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will take place on 23/24. February in Vienna. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that it cannot refuse entry to the Russian delegation because of an agreement with the OSCE. February 24 marks the first anniversary of the Russian attack on Ukraine.

Source: Krone


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