ArmInfo. The foreign ministers of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia at the 24th meeting of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers issued a joint statement on the issues of interconnectedness and integration processes in the OSCE region. This was reported by the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
"We, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia, recognizing the key importance of the economic and environmental dimension in the context of the OSCE concept of a common, comprehensive and indivisible security and common security space free of dividing lines; cooperation in the OSCE region, including interconnectedness, should be based on solidarity, transparency, equal partnership without discrimination, on mutual accountability and full respecting the interests of all OSCE participating States, Aware of the growing role of international trade as one of the most important factors of economic growth and social progress, Stressing the importance of the denial of the OSCE participating States from the logic of dividing lines and closed borders, the application of unilateral economic sanctions, economic blockade, visa and other restrictive measures, isolation from regional economic projects, Convinced that joint efforts aimed at promoting cooperation in the trade, transport, energy, investment, the environment, as well as in other areas of economic activity, contribute to confidence-building, peace and security in Europe and the world; Conscious that global economic challenges and growing economic interdependence in the world are leading to more effective common efforts to solve the world's major economic problems; Recognizing that regional and subregional integration processes and integration agreements can give a powerful impetus to the development of trade and economy in the OSCE area, as well as in the OSCE participating States; Reaffirming that cooperation between the participating States, as well as the international and regional organizations to which they belong, is one of the most important ways to strengthen security and stability and to prevent possible conflicts in the OSCE region, we call upon the OSCE participating States to redouble their efforts to achieve the strategic goal of the Astana the OSCE summit - the formation of a free, democratic, common and indivisible Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security community," the joint statement reads.
The joint statement of the ministers expresses the conviction that there is an urgent need to "build bridges" and advance integration of the integration processes in the OSCE region, primarily with the aim of expanding economic cooperation and increasing the level of trust between the OSCE participating States, and also creating prerequisites for the formation of a common economic space from Vancouver to Vladivostok.
At the same time, the heads of foreign affairs agencies invite participating states to take additional measures to simplify the terms of mutual trade and develop multimodal international transport corridors, including the creation of the necessary transboundary transport infrastructure and harmonization of customs procedures, on the basis of equal partnership and without prejudice to each other's interests; continue to help each other in enhancing the integration of our economies into the world economic and financial system, primarily through the early accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). "We call upon the participating States to use the OSCE as a platform for dialogue and joint efforts of international and regional organizations operating in its area of responsibility aimed at facilitating economic interconnectedness, removing barriers in various areas of economic cooperation, ensuring sustained economic growth, developing the digital economy, and also on a more active interaction of integration processes in the OSCE region, emphasizing that the integration of integration processes on the open The OSCE would make a significant contribution to building a genuine security community without dividing lines, based on cooperation, mutual trust and consideration of the interests of each participating State, urge the upcoming Italian Chairmanship, as well as OSCE participating States, to intensify the dialogue on these issues in 2018 including through the organization of special events of political and expert level, "the joint statement of the ministers stresses.