New OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to visit Donbas in two weeks – Klimkin

18:58, 01 January 2019
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"Congratulations to Slovakia and my good friend Miroslav Lajčák for assuming 2019 OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office! Wishing Slovakia in OSCE to be a guardian of OSCE values and principles blatantly violated by the Russian Federation. Looking forward welcoming Miroslav in Ukraine in two weeks, we'll go to Donbas together," Klimkin wrote on Twitter.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on January 1, 2019, Slovakia assumed from Italy the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. In particular, it noted the importance of the observance of ceasefire and the withdrawal of weapons in Donbas.

Slovakia will prioritize efforts to prevent new conflicts from breaking out, while mitigating the humanitarian consequences of existing ones, according to Lajčák.

"Slovakia will actively engage in all efforts to reduce tensions, build trust and facilitate dialogue. During our Chairmanship, we will work towards much-needed improvements in the living conditions of the affected population through targeted projects. We will support the full implementation of existing commitments, including those to fully respect the ceasefire and withdraw heavy weapons," Lajčák said.

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