Lithuania's Foreign Minister Landsbergis: Only zero tolerance for aggression, human rights violations and Russia's genocide will help strengthen trust in the OSCE and other international organisations
On 1 December, Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis attended the Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Łódź, Poland. The OSCE Foreign Ministers have met for the first time since Russia began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
"The OSCE was set up to ensure security on the European continent. Unfortunately, Russia is still terrorising not only Ukraine and its neighbouring countries but also the international organisations of which it is a member. Only zero tolerance for aggression, human rights violations, and Russia's genocide will help strengthen trust in the OSCE and make use of the organisation's tools to end Russia's barbaric actions on the warfield and against the people of Ukraine," Lithuania's diplomat said at the Ministerial Council's plenary session.
On the margins of the OSCE Ministerial Council, Landsbergis met with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan, the United Kingdom, and the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Matteo Mecacci. During these bilateral meetings, Lithuania's Foreign Minister discussed the role of international organisations in strengthening the security of the European continent.
"What is happening in Ukraine is not a war, but open terrorism. In all international organisations, we must raise the issue of Russia's accountability for this barbaric war. A special tribunal to prosecute the crime of aggression is necessary not only for Ukraine. It is needed for building faith in the justice system — far too many aggressors have escaped justice in the past due to a lack of political will," Landsbergis said at an event dedicated to Ukraine and issues of Russia's accountability.
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