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MOSCOW, December 4. /TASS/. Prospects for further cooperation between Russia and Austria within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe /OSCE/ were in the focus of a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Austrian Minister for European, International and Integration Affairs Sebastian Kurz on the sidelines of a meeting of the Council of OSCE Foreign Ministers in Switzerland’s Basel on Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
“The sides discussed prospects for cooperation between Russia and Austria within the OSCE, including in the context of Vienna’s application for presidency in the Organization in 2017. The two diplomats also discussed relations between Russia and the European Union and certain aspects of Russian-Austrian relations,” the ministry said.
Apart from that, the Russian foreign minister met with his Polish counterpart Grzegorz Schetyna to discuss “current issues of bilateral relations,” the ministry reported.
Lavrov also met with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on the initiative of the Swedish side. The two diplomats discussed the “roots of the Ukrainian crisis and possible ways of its de-escalation,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.