Lavrov Praises OSCE Efforts

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov welcomed on Wednesday new proposals from Greece to resolve a dispute with Europe's main security and rights body and to avoid the closure of its monitoring mission in Georgia.

Lavrov said Moscow had "positively assessed" efforts by the presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to end the dispute over the mission's mandate.

Lavrov earlier met Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyanni on her first trip to Moscow since her country took over the OSCE's chairmanship this month. She voiced confidence that a deal would be reached but declined to give any detail on the proposals.

"The question is not if we can find the formula — we can find the formula — as long as we have the will," she said before meeting Lavrov.

Russia vetoed an extension to the mandate for military observers to Georgia late last year.