The main result of the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council was the launch of a dialogue on European security. This was reported by TASS with reference to the US Permanent Representative to the OSCE Michael Carpenter.
He noted that Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau during his speech suggested launching or intensifying a dialogue on European security. It was a significant element of his speech, Carpenter said.
According to him, no one expected that “some kind of agreement would be reached today.”
“And, as I said earlier, we hope for an open and sincere dialogue, but we will check whether the Russian Federation is really ready for interaction,” the diplomat said.
Carpenter continued that Washington was ready for “genuine high-level dialogue” with Moscow. However, the United States does not plan to discuss with the Russian side proposals that are contrary to the Helsinki Final Act, the UN Charter and the Charter of Paris and change the key provisions of these documents, since they are the main principles of the international system and it is impossible to negotiate on these issues.
The US Ambassador hopes that the discussion of European security issues will continue.
Recall that the first closed meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council chaired by Poland took place on January 13 in Vienna.
Earlier, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE, Alexander Lukashevich, said that Russia was disappointed with the reaction of Western countries to their proposals in the field of security.