Lavrov warns against partition of SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 23, 0:00
Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
Russian Northern Fleet completes drills in ArcticMilitary & Defense September 22, 18:01
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to continue talks on oil production cut dealBusiness & Economy September 22, 17:28
Russian pair figure skaters Kavaguti, Smirnov retire from sportSport September 22, 16:48
Record number of delegations register for St. Petersburg-hosted IPU AssemblyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 16:47
Astronauts to make quickest trip ever to ISS in DecemberScience & Space September 22, 16:27
MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Moscow considers Austria’s program of chairmanship in the OSCE as pragmatic and is ready to take steps for its implementation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
"Today we want to listen to the Austrian colleagues who chair the OSCE this year," Lavrov said opening talks with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz, who is the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office.
"We studied the program of the chairmanship and we consider it to be pragmatic, we are ready to assist its successful implementation," he said.
Russia is interested in "continuing exchanging views on the issues of European cooperation and Russia-EU cooperation," Lavrov said. "We are closely cooperating in other international organizations - the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the OSCE."
Vienna wants European leaders to "trust each other more":
"Austria has traditionally acted as a bridge connecting the West and the East. We would like to help European countries abandon bloc thinking which has reemerged in Europe recently," Kurz noted. "We need more trust, we need to communicate with each other more to solve pressing issues."
According to Kurz, "it is important that we discuss the ways to settle conflicts, and pay more attention to the war against terror." "The OSCE can do much to create more safe conditions for the citizens of our countries," he added.
"Today, we plan to discuss matters concerning bilateral cooperation," the Austrian foreign minister said. "We need to ensure the support of all the participants of the Russian political life in order to solve various issues."
"Despite the difficult situation in Europe the dialogue proceeds on the basis of basic principles of mutual respect and benefits," the Russian foreign minister agrees with his Austrian counterpart.
Moscow is also ready to cooperate with new Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen:
"Our relations are friendly and meaningful, based on mutual respect," Lavrov said. "This was confirmed last year during Austrian President Heinz Fischer’s visit to Russia. We are interested in preserving continuity in our ties, so we are ready to develop relations with President Alexander Van der Bellen."