In common with all OSCE chairmanships since 2003 (when Russian veto power mauled the organization irreparably during the Dutch chairmanship), Finland set itself a minimal task in 2008: to ensure institutional survival by deferring to Russia in Europe’s East and hosting a “successful” year-end conference, before passing the baton to the next chairmanship. Russia’s invasion of Georgia has, however, disrupted this minimalist strategy.
Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 5 Issue: 231, December 4, 2008
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OSCE avoids the hard issues at year-end conference