Putin, OSCE chairman to discuss steps to reduce tensions in Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss President Didier Burkhalter in Moscow on Wednesday. The meeting is expected to focus on the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin press service has reported. The meeting is also expected to address key issues of Russian-Swiss cooperation, including in the context of the 200th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which is marked in 2014.

The possibility of Burkhalter’s visit to Moscow was discussed on May 4 in a phone conversation between the Russian president and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The leaders of the two countries then pointed out the importance of taking effective international measures, primarily in the OSCE, to reduce tensions in Ukraine, the Kremlin press service has reported. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier said in Vienna the meeting with Burkhalter in Moscow will address “ways of helping to begin nationwide dialogue in Ukraine.”

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