In his speech at the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) held in Vienna on Thursday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) focused on supporting Ukrainian sovereignty and the protection of human rights.
"More than three years has passed since the illegal annexation of Crimea, but unfortunately the main topic of the meeting of foreign ministers is Russian aggression against the people of Ukraine this year as well," Mikser said in his speech according to a ministry press release. "We call on Russia to comply with international standards and fulfill its obligations to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine."
Mikser added at the meeting that the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people of the OSCE region must be protected. "The constant violation of the human rights of the Crimean Tatars is just one example to which the OSCE must not turn a blind eye," he said.
In addition to the meeting of OSCE foreign ministers, Mikser also met with Uzbekistan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gayrat Ganievich, Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Kairat Abdrakhmanov, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) Lamberto Zannier, Afghanistan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani and Liechtenstein's Minister of Foreign Affairs Aurelia Frick.
The next meeting of OSCE foreign ministers is to take place in Milan in 2018.
Editor: Aili Vahtla