The 62nd General Assembly of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) is taking place in Kyiv. Representatives of the parliaments and secretariats of 12 countries and international observer organisations are taking part in it. Thanks to the efforts of our delegation, Ukraine’s allies and partners, the russian federation has finally ceased its participation in this organisation, although it was one of its founders.

This was announced by the Head of the Permanent Delegation of Ukraine to the PABSEC, Anna Purtova.

“Now we can say officially: russia has ceased its participation in the PABSEC. We have been fighting for this for two years, not allowing the russians to make any decision – from approving mandates to adopting documents – and we have won! Now we can finally focus exclusively on the economic development of the PABSEC countries, and not on fighting – sometimes in the literal sense of the word,” the MP said.

According to her, the absence of russian representatives has completely changed the atmosphere of the Organisation.

“For the first time in two years, I am really enjoying the work of the PABSEC Assembly, not waiting for another provocation from our neighbours from the swamps. And it is very pleasant to hear delegations say that they are proud of Ukraine and Ukrainians,” the politician stressed.

At the same time, a member of the Permanent Delegation of Ukraine to the PABSEC, Oleksandr Marikovskyi, clarified that russia sent a letter announcing its withdrawal, traditionally accusing the members of the organisation of provocations.

“russia is no longer a member of the international parliamentary organisation, which it founded 30 years ago. Of course, they made a ‘goodwill gesture’ and sent an official letter. Now we have an official letter of confirmation. We will defeat the enemy,” the parliamentarian emphasised.

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