HC Deb 06 December 1999 vol 340 cc403-4W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the incorporation of Russia into elements of the European Security Charter. [101008]

Mr. Vaz

Like other OSCE participating states, the Russian Federation signed the European Security Charter at the OSCE Summit in Istanbul on 18–19 November 1999. The Charter, which as well as confirming participating states' adherence to previous OSCE commitments sets out principles for future security co-operation in Europe, was the result of lengthy negotiations amongst OSCE participating states, including Russia.