– We will bring appropriate proposals in the near future. We are counting on their serious substantive consideration – said Lavrov. He expressed the hope that in the matter of the Russian OSCE proposals “he could play a very useful role”.
In his speech, he suggested that the organization send to Kiev “a clear signal that the revision of the Minsk agreements is inadmissible, which are the undisputed basis of the settlement.” He recalled that the OSCE was assigned the role of an observer of the observance of the ceasefire in Donbas and should use it while also conducting direct talks with the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Luhansk.
Finally, he wished the “Polish colleagues” good luck because our country took the chairmanship of the OSCE in January. For this reason, the head of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zbigniew Rau, has already received an invitation to Moscow.
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The head of Russia’s diplomacy also met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the OSCE debates.
Lavrov assured after a face-to-face conversation with his American counterpart that Russia “did not want any conflicts”, but – in his opinion – “further expansion of NATO eastwards will concern the basic interests of its security”. He also accused the North Atlantic Alliance of “refusing to constructively consider” Russia’s proposals for preventing incidents. Speaking of “bringing NATO’s military infrastructure closer to the Russian border,” Lavrov said that “the terrifying scenario of a war confrontation is returning.”
Blinken expressed “deep concern” at the evidence that Russia might invade Ukraine. He argued that “conflicts are resolved through politics”, Russia does not fulfill its international obligations, does not fulfill its promises and agreements, also with regard to Ukraine.
The Ministerial Council is the most important annual event of the OSCE, attended by delegations from 57 OSCE member states and several partner countries. The meeting in Stockholm ends Sweden’s presidency in the organization in 2021.
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Source: Reuters, PAP
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