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BSEC foreign ministers to sign agreement on assisting in emergency response

December 13, 2016, 4:23 UTC+3 BELGRADE

Russia will be represented by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the 35th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation

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BELGRADE, December 13. /TASS/. Participants in the 35th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) will meet in Belgrade on Tuesday to discuss the results of Serbia’s chairmanship in the organization and ways to boost BSEC’s effectiveness.

The Serbian Foreign Ministry said that it is also planned to sign "an agreement between the governments of BSEC member countries on cooperation in the sphere of assistance in emergency response to natural and technogenic disasters."

Despite the fact the Serbia’s chairmanship in the organization officially expires only on December 31, a special ceremony of handing it to Turkey will be held at the session. Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said before the meeting in Belgrade that "by this, Serbia’s successful chairmanship will be completed and our adherence to regional cooperation once again confirmed."

Russia will be represented at the session by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Black Sea states "have always been and remain important economic and political partners," while the development of multilateral ties in the framework of BSEC will facilitate "ensuring stability and security in the Black Sea region."

"Russia stands for preserving the depoliticized nature of BSEC’s activities with the aim of preventing destructive goals and tasks of confrontation," the foreign ministry added.

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