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Poland bans Sergey Lavrov from participating in the OSCE Ministerial Council because of the war in Ukraine

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On December 1 and 2 the Polish city of Lodz hosts the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Poland took the unprecedented decision to ban Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov from participating in the annual meeting of the organization, because of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia Today that OSCE is in collapse. "OSCE is being destroyed as an organization. It is being cynically used by a small circle of countries to belittle alternative views about the international security architecture", Sergei Ryabkov said.

Germany and its allies will continue to provide Ukraine with economic, financial, humanitarian and military support as much as necessary, until it secures victory over the Russian Federation, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at the Berlin Security Conference. Chancellor Scholz said that Russia could no longer win the war in Russia on the battlefield, Reuters reported. Russia’s attack on Ukraine has changed Europe’s security architecture, Olaf Scholz said and added that Germany had learned lessons from this for its own defense. 

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