02:21 GMT +325 June 2019
Listen Live
    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier waits for his counterparts at the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council organized by Germany's OSCE Chairmanship in Hamburg, Germany December 8, 2016.

    East-West Dialogue Urgent as Atmosphere Becomes More 'Brutal' - Steinmeier

    © REUTERS / Fabian Bimmer
    Get short URL

    The necessity of dialogue between the West and the East is increasing as the atmosphere between the two sides is worsening, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday.

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (Rear), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (Rear L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Front) are pictured before a joint meeting on the situation in Ukraine with their Ukrainian counterpart at the French Foreign Ministry in Paris on March 3, 2016
    HAMBURG (Sputnik) — Speaking about the atmosphere, the German politician mentioned the crises in Ukraine and Nagorno-Karabakh, but stressed that the OSCE had been doing the excellent job in these conflicts, as well as in the one in Transnistria.

    "We are meeting at a time when dialog between East and West is even more urgent. The atmosphere has become brutal," he said at the opening ceremony of the 23rd Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Hamburg.

    Steinmeier added that he hoped for a "constructive dialog" on such security issues as terrorism, extremism, cybersecurity and rebuilding mutual trust.

    The 23rd Ministerial Council of the OSCE is expected to last until Friday and has already gathered together diplomats from 57 OSCE participating states as well as from 11 partners for cooperation to discuss major security issues.


    Steinmeier Alarmed by Media Restrictions in OSCE States
    Steinmeier's Role in Ukraine Coup Should Prevent Him From Being German President
    Kiev Stalls Discussions on Donbass' Status Under 'Steinmeier Formula' - DPR
    OSCE, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, East, West
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik