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Karin Kneissl said that the OSCE was not able to use all its potential for conflict prevention.

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Federal Minister for Europe, integration and foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria Karin Kneissl urged member countries of the OSCE to seek a compromise solution, but stressed that the recognition of the occupation of the Crimea Russia can not be considered.

This Kneisl said at the meeting of the Council of foreign Ministers of the OSCE in Milan, which is broadcast on the organization’s website.

“The latest dangerous incident in the Kerch Strait clearly demonstrates that the situation is extremely serious,” said Kneisel.

“The OSCE is an organization that provides principles and mechanisms for conflict prevention. Sorry, we were not able to successfully use the full potential,” she added.

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The conviction of Kneisl, the violation of the fundamental principles of the Helsinki final act, the ignoring of the Charter of Paris and the situation around Ukraine, the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh and the Russian takeover of South Ossetia and Abkhazia testifies to the increasing mistrust between the countries-members of OSCE.

“The clock is ticking. We have to stop this dangerous development of events and to change course. However, it is not sufficient to only dialogue. We also must act decisively and we need the courage to compromise, because without this courage and willingness, we will never achieve consensus,” said Kneisel.

She believes that consensus is important for diplomacy.

“Compromise does not mean that you abandon your fundamental principles. For example, there can be recognition of the annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and city of Sevastopol”, – said Kneisl.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the high representative of the European Union for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini calls on Russia to release captured in the Kerch Strait Ukrainian sailors and ship.

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