Organization of American States Suspends Russia’s Permanent Observer Status

The Organization of American States (OAS) on April 21 suspended Russia as a Permanent Observer due to the invasion on Ukraine.

With 25 votes in favor, 0 against, eight abstentions, and one absence, OAS approved a resolution to suspend Russia from the institution until the Russian government withdraws its forces from Ukraine and “returns to a path of dialogue and diplomacy.

In the resolution, OAS said it was “alarmed” by the rising deaths, increasing number of displaced people, and the destruction of civil infrastructure in the war. 

The resolution further said that the OAS was “appalled” and expressed “grave concern” by the actions of the Russian armed forces in Ukraine.

The United States welcomed the suspension.

“With the passage of this resolution, OAS member states demonstrated that we do not stand on the sidelines in the face of the Russian government’s violations of international humanitarian law and human rights abuses,” U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken said in a statement.

“The OAS action today sends a clear message to the Kremlin. The overwhelming number of countries in the Americas called upon the Kremlin to end its unconscionable war of choice, withdraw its forces, and comply with international law,” Blinken further said.

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