Local elections in Donbass still some way off, says Ukrainian ministerWorld October 28, 2:39
Israel’s emotions are over top regarding UNESCO resolutions on Jerusalem - GatilovRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 28, 2:28
Russia speaks against politicization of probe into chemical attacks in Syria - GatilovRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 28, 2:25
UN, OPCW’s conclusions on Syria’s involvement in chemical attacks unconvincing - ChurkinRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 28, 2:00
Russian DefMin surprised by UNICEF inaction amid growing terrorist activity in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 27, 23:14
Russian Defense Ministry: Video of airstrike on Syrian school doctored upRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 27, 21:22
Putin says its too early for him to retireSociety & Culture October 27, 21:10
Putin urges US not to provoke Russia to actively protect national interestsRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 27, 20:20
NATO’s actions create risks to European security — Russian NATO envoyRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 27, 19:52
“If that logic were to be followed, the OSCE should be closed down,” Lavrov said. “Russia disagrees with this," he said.
“We are for using the “Helsinki plus 40” process not just for reaffirming the 1975 consensus, but for translating it into reality,” Lavrov said. “For that it is necessary to focus efforts on eliminating divides in all three OSCE dimensions.”
“Basket one. The indivisibility of military and political security must be ensured in practice,” Lavrov said. “No one should be allowed to maintain one’s own security at the expense of others. This principle, proclaimed in solemn declarations, has remained on paper.“Basket two. Fundamental steps must be taken to achieve the ‘integration of integrations’ - the creation of a common economic space from the Atlantic to the Pacific, which would encompass not just the members of the European Union, the Eurasian Economic Union, the European Association of Free Trade (EFTA - Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Iceland and Norway), but also all other OSCE member-states on the common platform of WTO rules and principles,” Lavrov believes.
“Basket three. It is essential to enforce compliance with the obligation to ensure the freedom of movement, protection of the rights of ethnic minorities and prevention of any intolerance,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov said the OSCE should become a tool for identifying concerted responses to common challenges.
To be effective the OSCE should become a full-fledged international organization with clear rules encouraging collective efforts through forming a consensus,” Lavrov said. “The OSCE must be a tool of identifying concerted responses to challenges common to us all, including the blaze that has been gaining strength south of our region. The position of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa is among the aggravating threats.”
“The OSCE is already considering problems of antisemitism and islamophobia,” Lavrov said, adding that “christianophobia deserves no smaller attention.”