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Foreign Minister Reinsalu: Russia is systematically violating OSCE principles
At today’s informal meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the High Tatras in Slovakia, discussions covered the future of the organisation and upcoming tasks. In his speech, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu stressed that all member states of the OSCE must adhere to agreed principles and meet their international commitments.
The Estonian Foreign Minister condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and Georgia, and called on the organisation to protect human rights more forcefully in occupied territories in Europe. Urmas Reinsalu emphasised the importance of ensuring that the observers of the OSCE’s SMM had access to the entire territory of Ukraine.
“Russia’s aggressive military stance and their selective adherence to the OSCE arms control rules undermine the security of all of Europe,” Urmas Reinsalu said.
Foreign Minister Reinsalu also considered it important for the OSCE to engage in protecting the rights of indigenous peoples in the future, highlighting the Crimean Tatars and Finno-Ugric peoples in particular.
On the invitation of Miroslav Lajčák, the Foreign Minister of Slovakia, which currently holds the Chairmanship of the OSCE, the informal meeting of foreign ministers took place in Slovakia where member states could present their priorities for strengthening the security of the region and enhancing cooperation in a more informal setting. The OSCE is the largest regional security organisation and has 57 members.