As the US secretary of state began to speak, the conference between US and Ukrainian diplomats was thrown into darkness. Later, as delegates from Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe spoke, a similar incident occurred.
On Wednesday, as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken began his remarks to his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Kuleba, a meeting room filled with American and Ukrainian diplomats was suddenly plunged into darkness.
When the lights went out, Blinken was in the middle of assuring Kuleba of Washington’s “unwavering commitment” to Ukrainian sovereignty. Their meeting was scheduled to coincide with the OSCE conference in Stockholm.
Later that day, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid and other officials, the room was immersed in a similar blackout. The problem, according to Lavrov, was caused by an official’s rear end brushing up against the light switch.