Russia’s parliament to vote on suspending Moscow’s participation in OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Feb14,2024



parliament of russia Voting on suspending the country will be held on February 21 to participate At the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE), Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said on Tuesday.
The OSCE, which counts Ukraine, the US and Russia among its 57 members, is the successor to the Cold War-era organization for the Soviet and Western powers. Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the organization has been largely paralyzed by Moscow's continued use of the effective veto held by each country.
“Now it's time for us to say goodbye OSCE Parliamentary AssemblyVolodin said at a meeting of the Duma, the lower house of Russia's parliament, according to a statement on the Duma's website.
“The organization completely lacks independence, it is politicized and it dances to the tune of Washington. But the worst thing in this situation is that we also pay money, and we are one of the biggest payers “
Both houses of the Russian parliament, the Duma and the Federation Council, will vote simultaneously on suspending participation and stopping Moscow's payments to the OSCE, Volodin said.
Because the United Russia party – the ruling faction that supports President Vladimir Putin – has an overwhelming majority in parliament, the proposal is unlikely to face opposition.
Without naming anyone, the Duma statement said the Duma could also consider the possibility of Russia leaving other international organizations.
Ukraine and its Baltic allies, who are Russia's neighbors, had refused to attend the OSCE's annual foreign ministers' meeting late last year because of the presence of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.



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