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Russia blocks expansion of OSCE observation mission

October 23, 2014

Currently OSCE observation mission covers only 1% of Ukrainian-Russian border controlled by terrorists

Russia blocks expansion of OSCE observation mission

Spokesperson for Information and Analysis Center of National Security and Defense Council colonel Andriy Lysenko has reported this during daily press briefing in Kyiv.

NSDC emphasizes that Russian side prevents expansion of the OSCE observation mission in the area of anti-terrorist operation.

In particular, Russia has blocked the decision about implementation of Minsk agreements concerning control of OSCE observers over the entire length of Ukrainian-Russian border. Given the Russian veto the Permanent Council of Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe could only prolong work of existing mission for one month.

The observation mission includes 16 observers that are working on only two Russian checkpoints – ‘Donetsk’ and ‘Gukovo’. These checkpoints cover only 1 km of 100 km Ukrainian-Russian border zone that is currently controlled by terrorists.

The international community supports positions of Ukraine concerning expansion of observation mission in the area of anti-terrorist operation. In particular, US Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel Baer said that observation mission that currently operates is, in fact, inadequate.

Source: National Security and Defense Council


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