Lavrov Calls for Reliable Legal Basis for OSCE to Make it 'Full-Fledged'

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Flags with a logo of OSCE in Vienna - Sputnik International
Moscow is calling for the creation of a firm legal basis for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in order to make it a ‘full-fledged’ organization, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Russian foreign minister, Moscow would like to see the OSCE established as a legal entity.

To achieve this, it is necessary to adopt a charter or any other founding document, Lavrov said.

"We would like the OSCE to be a full-fledged organization, so that it could have a firm basis for the expansion of its activities, including in peacekeeping and preventive diplomacy. To do this, it is important first of all to create a reliable legal framework," Lavrov said.

Lavrov pointed out that Russia already proposed such a draft document many years ago but it has faced opposition to date.

The Russian foreign minister expressed confidence that the issue would be taken more seriously in the future.

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