Ukraine calling to discuss Russia's aggression in Azov Sea at OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna
Kyiv insists that Russia's act of aggression against Ukraine near the Sea of Azov be discussed at the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna in the presence of Ambassador Martin Sajdik, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, Iryna Gerashchenko, first deputy speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, said.
"Ukraine insists that Russia's act of aggression and provocation against Ukraine be discussed at the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on November 29 in the presence of Ambassador Martin Sajdik, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, and Ambassador [Ertuğrul] Apakan, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine," Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook on November 29.
Also, she said the Ukrainian party and the OSCE have initiated a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group as a video conference call on Skype.
"We insisted that an extraordinary meeting be held on Skype to discuss the blatant act of aggression by Russia against the territorial integrity of Ukraine in the Azov-Kerch maritime area and demand that all the Ukrainian naval personnel taken prisoners of war and illegally detained vessels be immediately released, free navigation in the Sea of Azov be restored, and tensions raised by the aggressive and provocation actions by Russia be de-escalated," she wrote.
However, the Russian party turned down such a Skype call, Gerashchenko said. "This is the second refusal by Russia in a row to sit down for talks and be taken liable for its aggression," she said.