During his speech, the Russian diplomat said Italy’s presidency "falls on a complex period in history".
"There is neither accord nor trust between the OSCE countries," he continued. "Hopes for building a single and indivisible security system in the Euro-Atlantic area have failed. Contrary to the assurances that we heard following the Cold War, we have observed and continue to observe the eastward expansion of NATO’s military infrastructure."
Lukashevich added that "the foundations of strategic stability, including treaty-based ones, have been systematically eroded over years."
"We have witnessed the aggressive policy of the ‘color revolutions,’ interference in internal affairs of states, and changes of unwanted governments," the Russian envoy said. "The policy of sanctions and restrictions has gained currency, the true purpose of which is to create trade and economic advantages for some while holding back competitors."
"Instead of equitable cooperation, we see double standards and hear statements about the "exceptionalism" of individual nations and countries," he said. "All of that does not help us resolve today’s problems, but instead gives rise to more problems and conflicts, and makes us all weaker in the face of common threats, such as terrorism, illegal migration, drug and human trafficking, and organized crime.".
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