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‏"Italy starts its Presidency of OSCE for 2018. Full political support to be given to the efforts to seek a solution to the Ukraine crisis, on the basis of the Minsk agreements and in the Normandy format," he tweeted.

Read alsoItaly's Foreign Minister: Crisis around Ukraine calls into question OSCE principlesAs UNIAN reported earlier, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano who took up the post of Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE from January 1, 2018, will present Italy's key priority for its 2018 OSCE Chairmanship to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on January 11.

Italy will also continue strengthening the OSCE's work to address other protracted conflicts through the existing formats: the Geneva International Discussions on dealing with the consequences of the 2008 conflict in Georgia; the 5+2 Transdniestrian settlement talks; and the work of the Minsk Group and the efforts of its three Co-Chairs in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Alfano said.