Moscow did not get enough votes from Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) members on Wednesday to stay on the Executive Council past May 2024.
The 41-member board is elected to 2-year rotating terms from among the 193 member states, “with due regard to the principle of equitable geographical distribution, the importance of chemical industry, and political and security interests,” according to the OPCW.
Of the five seats allocated to the Eastern Europe region, four are currently held by NATO members: Albania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Romania. When Moscow’s mandate expires in six months, along with those of Tirana and Sofia, the grouping will be joined by Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine.
Russian Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Kirill Lysogorsky represented Moscow at this week’s OPCW conference. He reminded other members that Russia has traditionally had a seat on the council and had the largest chemical industry in the region, accounting for almost 37% of all sites subject to OPCW inspections.