The Secretary General of the OSCE Thomas Greminger said that the situation in Ukraine became the main topic of the meeting of the Council of foreign Ministers of the OSCE in Milan.
He said this at a press conference following the meeting, reports “UKRINFORM”.
“The parties must resolve the political impasse and work towards the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, commitments which they have undertaken. In fact, the deadlock on the crisis in Ukraine and around it called the atmosphere here in Milan. But despite the lack of trust, differences in perceptions and differences in the future path, even at this time, member countries have laid the basis for new decisions and declarations,” he said.
Greminger recalled that immediately after the recent incident with the Russian attack on Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait together with OSCE Chairman made a statement in which it called for restraint and dialogue to de-escalate the situation.
“I also conveyed this message to Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during our meeting in Milan. We also call for renewed efforts to resolve the conflict in and around Ukraine,” said OSCE Secretary General.
The foreign Minister of Italy and current Chairman of the OSCE Enzo Moavero-Milanesi emphasized the importance of the OSCE as a structure, where countries can exchange views on all important and complex issues.
“Without the OSCE, the result would be that countries would talk only at a distance. I would say only statements, without direct contact at a round table in the presence of other countries,” he said.
Also, today, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Haiko Maas has offered to discuss the proposal of the extension of the OSCE mission on the sea of Azov, during a meeting between representatives of Ukraine and Russia with the mediation of Germany and France, to be held on Tuesday, December 11.