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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Prime Minister and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Edi Rama, Moscow, February 26, 2020

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Mr Prime Minister, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office,

We are pleased to welcome you and your delegation to the capital of Russia. We appreciate your desire to hold consultations with Russia since you will chair the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2020.

It is unnecessary to say that international relations are in a difficult state, which is fully reflected in the OSCE’s activities. Unfortunately, today confrontational rhetoric and the desire to raise controversy prevail over searching for compromise and consensus to work constructively.

The Chairperson-in-Office’s role is certainly crucial in this situation. The Chairperson can and must help create conditions for constructive work. I am satisfied to note that in your public speeches as OSCE Chairperson-in-Office you have demonstrated and declared such an intention. We fully support it.

Today we will have an opportunity to exchange our assessments of bilateral relations, so I hope for a highly productive conversation.

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