MOSCOW, June 30. / TASS /. During its chairmanship of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Russia will work to enhance depoliticized, pragmatic dialogue and economic cooperation in the Black Sea region, the country’s Foreign Ministry stated.
According to the ministry, Russian top diplomat Sergey Lavrov outlined this task on Wednesday at the meeting of the Foreign Ministers’ Council of the BSEC member-states.
"During the meeting, the parties discussed preparations for the BSEC’s 30th anniversary in 2022, in the second half of which Russia will hold chairmanship in the organization. Sergey Lavrov mentioned its main theme: interconnections in terms of international trade and transport links development, taking into account the factors of transition to a green economy and digital transformation," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "The top diplomat also outlined Russia’s task while heading the BSEC: to strengthen depoliticized, pragmatic dialogue and economic cooperation in the Black Sea region."
The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that the parties appointed former Foreign Minister of Romania Lazar Comanescu as the BSEC’s Secretary General. The BSEC is a regional economic union of 12 states of the Black Sea and Southern Balkans, established in 1992 at Turkey’s initiative.