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On June 30, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov spoke in the format of a videoconference at the 43rd meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) member states.

During the event, a discussion was held on the preparation for the 30th anniversary of the BSEC in 2022, the second half of which falls on the Russian chairmanship of the Organization. Sergey Lavrov stated its main theme – “interconnectedness” in the context of the tasks of developing international trade and transport communications, taking into account the factors of the transition to a “green economy” and digital transformation. The Minister also designated as Russia’s task for the period of work at the head of the BSEC to strengthen the depoliticized, pragmatic dialogue and economic cooperation in the Black Sea region.

In addition, at the meeting, the approval of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania L. Comnescu, who was elected to the post of Secretary General of the Organization, took place.

BSEC was established in 1992 and has become a unique full-fledged organization of socio-economic profile in the Greater Black Sea region. Today it unites 13 states in its ranks: Russia, Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

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