Slovakia will focus on the issues related to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the aggression in Donbas during its presidency at the OSCE. Miroslav Lajcak, the Slovakian Foreign Minister and future OSCE chairman made such statement as Yevropeiska Pravda reported.
He explained the decision by the fact that the recent actions of the Russian Federation near the Kerch Strait escalated the problem and increased “the risk of the destabilization in the region”.
“The input into the crisis in Ukraine and around it, which includes the illegal annexation of Crimea, undermines the principles of the OSCE, and it will be the focus of our presidency at the organization,” Lajcak emphasized, not mentioning Russia directly, but hinting at it.
According to the Slovakian minister, the OSCE possibilities are not used fully.
“It is not the only crisis on our territory. Perhaps we're doing something wrong. We have a unique platform, from Vancouver to Vladivostok, with an incredible capacity. Today, when the world guidance changes, the multilateralism (in the international relations) is doubted and the stability is undermined, the OSCE becomes more relevant than ever,” he claimed.
At the same time, Lajcak added that such activity of the organization will demand extra funding.
“We need more cooperation, more involvement of the partakers, and, to be honest, more funds,” he said.
Slovakia will chair the OSCE from the beginning of 2019.
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