Today, Vienna will host the 24th meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Ministerial Council. The foreign ministers of its 57 member states aim to advance dialogue concerning joint responses to regional security issues—particularly the conflict in Ukraine.
Over 10,000 have died since fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists broke out in 2014; the latter now controls parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Although prisoner swaps are in motion, the most recent ceasefire has been violated multiple times this week.
While the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has been trying to foster peace talks, Europe is looking for reassurances of support from Washington –which embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has confirmed. Though a UN mission to Ukraine has been agreed to, its scope has not. Here, a productive outcome here will arguably depend on Tillerson’s sideline meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.
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