On July 1, 2020, an online meeting of the Forum of Security Cooperation chaired by Ukraine devoted to the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures took place.
The Head of the General Directorate for Military Cooperation and Verification of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Leonid Holopatiuk, spoke on behalf of Ukraine at the event. In his speech, he focused on the implementation of the Vienna Document in the context of the ongoing armed aggression and the temporarily occupation of part of Ukraine by Russia. Leonid Holopatiuk assured the OSCE participating States of Ukraine's readiness to continue cooperation in the process of modernizing the Vienna Document and other instruments of the OSCE's influence, which will promote military stability, transparency and predictability for all participating States.
Ukraine’s representative stressed that as a result of the occupation of Ukraine's sovereign territories, Russia has been creating zones in Europe that fall short of any verification activities and exchange of military information under international arms control and confidence- and security-building regimes. This leads to further erosion of transparency and predictability of military activities. In this context, he drew the participants' attention to the threatening military activities, the number of Russian troops and illegally stationed weapons in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. Russia continues dangerous built up of forces near Ukraine's state border and conducts no-notice, snap military exercises that increase mistrust and tensions in the OSCE's area of responsibility.
Delegations expressed disappointment that discussions on the implementation and modernization of the Vienna Document took place against the backdrop of the ongoing conflicts in the OSCE region. For seven consecutive years, Russian aggression and occupation of Crimea continues to undermine European security. It is this negative development of events that underscores the importance of full and conscientious implementation of confidence- and security-building measures, especially those set out in the Vienna Document.
The outcome of the meeting witnessed that the overwhelming majority of the OSCE participating States support the process of modernization of the Vienna Document in order to more effectively meet the current challenges to the European security system through enhanced military transparency and predictability. Russia, on the other hand, remains isolated in its deliberate blocking of the OSCE community's aspirations to update the OSCE's politico-military tools, primarily the Vienna Document, under far-fetched and politicized motives.