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The head of the Turkish branch of Sputnik was released after being briefly detained amid searches at the Istanbul office of the Russian news agency. Three employees of the outlet were also freed after questioning by Ankara police.
The OSCE’s media freedom spokesman condemned the harassment of three employees of Sputnik Turkey in Ankara. Contact with the journalists was lost as they went to the police after being accosted by nationalists.
Albanian prime minister and OSCE chairperson-in-office Edi Rama has said that the Minsk agreements on the Ukraine conflict “need to be implemented” in their current form in order to “build trust” before they can be reviewed.
The UK should not extradite Julian Assange, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has argued, because he faces an excessive prison sentence in the US and his publications were in the public interest.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has urged Persian Gulf nations to work toward the creation of a joint security mechanism, noting that Moscow was concerned about the tense standoff in the region.
The OSCE is monitoring a situation regarding Sputnik Estonia news agency, whose journalists have been threatened with criminal prosecution by local police unless they terminate their employment contracts, the organization told RT.
NATO broke away from international law and risks "collapse" or a conflict that will "destroy Europe," if it does not change its modus operandi, Willy Wimmer, the former vice president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, told RT.
French officials are disregarding the OSCE rules on media freedom by labeling Moscow-funded outlets as propaganda vehicles and banning them from official events, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
An EU army would not help solve the continent’s security issues and instead may exacerbate the global “war track” created by the US at the end of the Cold War, Willy Wimmer, the former vice-head of the OSCE Assembly, told RT.