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11.01.2018

Statement by Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting

Statement by Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting, Vienna, January 11, 2018

Mr Chairperson, Mr Minister,

We are grateful for the detailed account of the priorities of Italy's OSCE chairmanship in 2018, many of which we share.

Your chairmanship falls on a complex period in history. There is neither accord nor trust between the OSCE countries. Hopes for building a single and indivisible security system in the Euro-Atlantic area have failed. Contrary to the assurances that we heard following the Cold War, we have observed and continue to observe the eastward expansion of NATO’s military infrastructure. The foundations of strategic stability, including treaty-based ones, have been systematically eroded over years. We have witnessed the aggressive policy of the “colour revolutions,” interference in internal affairs of states, and changes of unwanted governments. The policy of sanctions and restrictions has gained currency, the true purpose of which is to create trade and economic advantages for some while holding back competitors. Instead of equitable cooperation, we see double standards and hear statements about the “exceptionalism” of individual nations and countries. All of that does not help us resolve today’s problems, but instead gives rise to more problems and conflicts, and makes us all weaker in the face of common threats, such as terrorism, illegal migration, drug and human trafficking, and organised crime.

We agree that reviving the Helsinki spirit and restoring confidence among the OSCE countries is Europe’s top priority. We hope that taking advantage of its inherent grace, insight and finesse, Italian diplomacy will be able to effectively use the OSCE's dialogue capabilities to overcome disagreements, converge positions and develop consensus answers to common challenges.

Mr Minister,

We fully share your commitment to maintain the OSCE’s efforts to resolve regional conflicts. Above all, this applies to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. We look forward to the constructive role of the chairmanship in promoting a peaceful settlement. The Contact Group, as a key format for direct talks between the conflicting parties – Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk – is in need of all-round support. Full compliance with the Minsk Package of Measures approved by the UN Security Council is the key to restoring peace in Donbass. It is necessary to achieve a ceasefire, withdraw weapons and implement the entire political package which includes providing Donbass with special status, carrying out constitutional reform, and holding amnesty and local elections. In addition, the chairmanship will need to ensure the truly objective and impartial work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

We cannot relax our focus with regard to other conflict tracks, either. We are interested in a political solution to the Kosovo issue based on UN Security Council Resolution 1244. We will support the chairmanship’s efforts in the processes of the Transnistrian and Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlements. We highly value the OSCE’s role in maintaining a dialogue between Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia as part of the international Geneva discussions on security in Transcaucasia.

We are pleased that the Mediterranean matters and the migration crisis rank prominently on the Italian chairmanship’s agenda. We share your assessment of this crisis as one of the biggest challenges to European security. In fighting it, it is important to address the root causes underlying the mass population outflow from the countries of origin, to create additional channels for legal migration, to promote the social integration of migrants, and to counter intolerance and xenophobia in host countries. We support the chairmanship’s commitment to working with the OSCE partner countries.

 

 

To be continued...

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