OSCE Chairman Osmani and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Held a Critical Telephone Call About the OSCE

PeopleDiplomats ♦ Published: September 7, 2023; 21:56 ♦ (Vindobona)

Since February 24, 2022, stress and depression have increased significantly in the OSCE. This is because the most important political decisions in the OSCE require the consent of all 57 governments. However, this consensus rule is blocked mainly by Russia, which severely limits the organization's ability to act. OSCE Chairman-in-Office Bujar Osmani, who is also the foreign minister of North Macedonia, had a critical telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Some 50 years after its foundation, the OSCE is in crisis. Yet it is irreplaceable as an important channel of communication with Russia. / Picture: © Vindobona.org

During this conversation, Chairman Osmani addressed several pressing concerns within the OSCE region and reiterated the Chairpersonship’s call to uphold the fundamental principles and commitments of the OSCE.

In this context, Chairman Osmani strongly emphasized the urgent need for the cessation of ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine, the withdrawal of Russian military…