Deputy Secretary General stresses value of OSCE dialogue in Vienna

  • 27 Jun. 2017 -
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  • Last updated: 27 Jun. 2017 15:06

NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller stressed the value of the OSCE as a forum for dialogue in a keynote speech at the Annual Security Review Conference in Vienna on Tuesday (27 June 2017). “The OSCE is a pillar of the international rules-based order, and essential for continued peace and security in Europe,” she said.

Ms. Gottemoeller emphasised that this rules-based order has “helped to keep the peace in Europe for more than seven decades,” and should be maintained and strengthened. In this context, she highlighted that Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of eastern Ukraine has undermined trust, predictability and security in Europe. She added that while NATO has sought and will seek a positive relationship with Russia, the Alliance must take steps to deter and defend against Russia's aggressive actions near NATO borders.

During her visit to Vienna, the Deputy Secretary General will also meet with the Secretary General of the OSCE, Lamberto Zannier, and other senior officials.