Kyiv Security Forum

OSCE Secretary General sees in the Crimean crisis a “break line” between Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security spaces

10 April 2014, 19:40

The Crimean crisis has become one of the most striking evidences of “break lines” emerging between Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security spaces. The OSCE has been trying, with no success so far, to merge these two spaces during a few recent years.

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said that during the 7th Kyiv Safety Forum.

According to him, the OSCE has been attempting, during several recent years, to build up a ‘broader community of the Eurasian Atlantic security’ – some kind of a common space, with common security rules, goals and interests. During discussions on this matter, especially when Ukraine was chairing the OSCE last year, ‘certain groups and interests’ started emerging.

‘Some sort of a Eurasian space was growing. And it was growing in competition with the Euro-Atlantic space’, Lamberto Zannier said. ‘I mean we were increasingly witnessing competition that developed in that process. And the competition started showing itself in emergence of some kind of “break lines”’. In the OSCE Secretary General’s opinion, the Crimean crisis has become ‘perhaps, the most dramatic evidence’ of such “break lines” growing.

As Lamberto Zannier emphasized, the problem of Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia is currently a key point of OSCE attention.


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