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OSCE meeting starts, amid controversy over Russia

Poland said Moscow's presence was "unacceptable"

30 November, 15:07

(ANSA-AFP) - SKOPJE, NOV 30 - The world's largest regional security body convened in North Macedonia on Thursday amid controversy, with Ukraine Poland and the Baltic states boycotting the summit in protest at the presence of Russia.
    Created in 1975 as a forum for dialogue between the Eastern and Western blocs, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) -- of which both Russia and Ukraine are part -- is operating with great difficulty and tensions are running high, particularly over the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Moscow continues to block decisions on elements such as managing the OSCE's budget and reaching consensus on rotating chairmanship.
    Earlier this week, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania said they would boycott the annual ministerial conference due to the expected presence of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
    Poland said Russia's presence was "unacceptable". (ANSA-AFP).

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