Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned that Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s top diplomat, is scheduled for various bilateral and multilateral meetings during the OSCE Ministerial Council in Skopje. She confirmed multiple requests for these meetings without providing specifics. Zakharova expressed discontent over what she perceives as efforts by the United States and “the collective West” to impede Russia’s involvement in the OSCE forum. Additionally, she noted that some Russian journalists were denied coverage access to the Skopje events involving the Russian delegation.