OSCE MEMBERSHIP FEES: RUSSIA, SLOVENIA TO REACH ACCORD

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MOSCOW, February 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and Slovenia are coming close to an accord on reforming OSCE membership fee rates. The two countries have grown to share viewpoints on the reform, said Sergei Lavrov, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, as he was summing up for the media his consultations with Dimitrij Rupel, his Slovene counterpart.

Russia agrees with priorities Slovenia highlighted as current chair country of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. It aims to balance out economic, humanitarian and security aspects of OSCE activities.

Slovenia, on its part, has offered support to a Russian initiative for a seminar to coordinate military doctrines, Mr. Lavrov went on.

A tentative conference on energy security would promote all OSCE members' interests-another point on which the negotiators agreed.

Compliance with ethnic minorities' rights in the OSCE zone was among prominent issues on the agenda. "The consultations will also help to take proper stock of OSCE objectives in election monitoring," Russia's Foreign Minister emphasized.

Russian-Slovene partnership also came under discussion. The negotiators devoted only a short time to bilateral affairs as there were no big problems to debate, with an impressive progress Russian-Slovene relations are making, said Mr. Lavrov.

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