Norms and Values
Results of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Skopje. An Expert Discussion
Valdai Discussion Club Conference Hall, Tsvetnoy Boulevard 16/1, Moscow, Russia
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On December 1 at 12:00 Moscow Time (GMT+3), the Valdai Club hosted an expert discussion dedicated to the results of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Skopje with the participation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The 30th OSCE Ministerial Council is taking place from November 30 to December 1 in the capital of North Macedonia, which currently chairs the OSCE. Last year, during the Polish presidency, Sergey Lavrov was unable to take part in the meeting of foreign ministers, since most European countries, including Poland, had banned flights from Russia.

Today the Russian leadership is concerned about the state of affairs in the OSCE. The organisation, according to Alexander Lukashevich, the Russian permanent representative to the OSCE, is struggling for survival. Apart from to personnel and financial issues, the selection of the chairman for 2024 remains the most important problem. Russia is not ready to consider NATO countries for this role. They, in turn, accuse Russia of blocking the work of the Organisation.