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The Winter Meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA), that is held in Vienna, Austria, discussed the future of the organisation in a situation where Russia was undermining its work.

Head of the Estonian Delegation to the OSCE PA Mati Raidma said in his speech today that in order to keep the trust of the societies of the OSCE area countries and ensure the future of the OSCE PA, the organisation had to take into account two issues. “First, the ability to maintain the position that the Russian regime, which has ignored all international rules, and its representatives have no place at our table. If we start a dialogue with the Putin regime, the OSCE PA as organization fails,” Raidma noted.

“Secondly, our ability or inability to reach Russia’s real responsibility and trial of war criminals, including the country’s leadership. OSCE PA credibility as an organization today and tomorrow depends on our principled determination to keep the international rules-based order functioning. Together,” Raidma underlined.

Head of the delegation Estonian Delegation to the OSCE PA, member of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Mati Raidma and alternate member of the delegation Kristo Enn Vaga participate in the Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly that takes place on 22 and 23 February in Vienna. The main topics discussed at the Meeting are the future of the OSCE PA, sanctions against Russia and their implementation, and continued support to Ukraine. 

The main aims of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe are greater involvement of participating states in the resolution of European political and security issues, enhancing civilian control over military issues, and increasing the responsibility and influence of members of parliament. 

323 members of parliaments from 57 member countries of the Assembly participate in the work of the organisation. The Assembly also cooperates with 11 partner states all over the world. Russia’s participation in the organisation is factually suspended.

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