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Diplomat: Russia calls for filling Helsinki Accords with ‘real life’

March 10, 2016, 12:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russia’s envoy to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich said that "Russia is open for the broadest cooperation on a truly equal basis as a precondition for its stability"

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MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. Moscow wants the Helsinki Final Act to be filled with real life, some 40 years after the document was signed paving the way to the end of the Cold War, Russia’s envoy to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.

"It is important to reconfirm the principles of non-interference in domestic affairs of sovereign states, to abandon unilateral actions, sanctions tools, boycotts and embargos, the attempts to stage ‘color’ revolutions and confirm inadmissibility of encouraging radical extremist forces," Lukashevich told a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council and the Forum for Security Co-operation.

The diplomat stressed that such problems as migration crisis and international terrorism can be solved only through joint efforts, "including using the OSCE potential that has not been yet fulfilled."

"Russia is open for the broadest cooperation on a truly equal basis as a precondition for its stability," Lukashevich stressed.

One of strategic goals of cooperation as part of the OSCE is building step-by-step a unified economic and humanitarian space from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean by "joining European and Eurasian integration processes."

"History shows that over the past two and a half centuries the attempts to unite Europe against Russia have inevitably ended in the gravest tragedies," the diplomat said.

The Helsinki Final Act, also known as the Helsinki Accords, was signed in 1975 by 35 states, including the US, Canada and most European states, in an effort to improve relations between the Communist bloc and the West and secure their common acceptance of the post-World War II status quo in Europe.

The accords served as a groundwork for the OSCE, the world’s largest regional security organization established in 1975.

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