Russia threatens to torch diplomatic forum over Ukraine

A major Cold War-era security institution faces the persistent risk of collapse due to diplomatic clashes with Russia over the war in Ukraine.

“I will do whatever it takes to keep the organization alive, but also functioning,” Maltese Foreign Minister Ian Borg, the new chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said this week.

Those tasks are easier said than done. Malta agreed to chair the OSCE for 2024 in a late-November deal necessitated by Russia’s refusal to allow Estonia to take the rotating role of chair due to the high tensions between Moscow and the NATO ally, which is a voluble supporter of Ukraine. Malta, a member of the European Union with a constitutional neutrality clause, emerged as the compromise choice, but Borg opened his tenure
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