Speaking at a press conference after official talks with his Croatian counterpart, Gordan Grlic Radman, the head of Russian diplomacy said that Moscow is firmly counting on specific responses to the two draft agreements submitted to its counterparts.
He said that Russia is awaiting the reaction of Washington and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters on how they will fulfill their previous obligations.
Lavrov explained that such commitments are enshrined in the documents of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) summits in Istanbul in 1999 and in Astana (the former name of the Kazakh capital) in 2010.
He stressed that, according to these documents, OSCE states will not strengthen their security at the expense of others’ security.
It also states that no single state, group of states or organizations can have the primary responsibility for maintaining peace and stability in this region.
According to Lavrov, such principles are an integrated part of the commitments and decisions taken at the highest level in the OSCE.
To discuss the Kremlin’s initiatives for possible security commitments, Russian delegations met on the 10th of this month in Geneva with the United States, on the 12th in Brussels with the NATO leadership, and on the 13th they presented them to the OSCE in Vienna.