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Lavrov, OSCE Secretary General discuss imbalances in its institutions' work

April 27, 19:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The sides exchanged views on pressing issues of the common European agenda and on the OSCE role in helping to resolve the Donbass conflict
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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

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MOSCOW, April 27. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier on Wednesday, pointing to the need to fix imbalances in the work of the European security watchdog’s field missions and institutions, Russia’s Foreign Minister said after the talks.

"During the meeting the sides exchanged views on pressing issues of the common European agenda and on the OSCE role in helping to resolve the Donbass conflict, to counteract terrorism and drug trafficking as well as to overcome consequences of the migration crisis in Europe," the ministry said in a statement. "Their focus of attention has been also centered on security of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine."

Along with this, Lavrov and Zannier considered in detail "the activities of OSCE field missions and specialized institutions - the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the High Commissioner on National Minorities and the Representative on Freedom of the Media," it said.

"The Russian side underlined the need to fix the present imbalances in their work and to implement the participating states’ consensus instructions," the statement says.

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier arrived in Moscow on the invitation of Russia’s defense ministry to attend the 5th Moscow International Security Conference.

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