The representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE during the debates in Vienna announced the intention to block the initiative of Kyiv on the implementation of Minsk memorandum's paragraph 9 on control of the Ukrainian-Russian border. A source in diplomatic quarters informed Europeiska Pravda about this, Censor.NET reports.
The OSCE Member States representatives' meeting is taking place in Vienna now.
The Ukrainian party proposed to make a decision on the implementation of Minsk arrangements' paragraph concerning control of the whole sections of the Ukrainian-Russian border in the ATO area by the OSCE observers.
All members of the organization, with the exception of Russia, supported the Ukrainian offer during the debate. "However, Russia insists on maintaining of the current mandate which enables the OSCE observers to carry out control of two border crossing points only," the source told over the closed debate course.
Foreign Ministry Political Department head Oleksii Makeiev recognized on his Twitter that there were problems with the decision adoption.
All decisions in the OSCE are taken by consensus, so the attempt of changing the mandate during the formal voting to be held on Wednesday will be blocked for sure.
"The presence of OSCE observers at only two checkpoints is a fig leaf which only imitates border control. Insisting on keeping this format, Russia has clearly demonstrated its lack of interest in de-escalating the situation and its return to the Ukrainian and international legal field," the source at the Foreign Ministry voiced his protest in a conversation with Europeiska Pravda.
Russia's permanent representative to the OSCE Andrei Kelin confirmed the information on Russia's unwillingness to extend the mandate of the OSCE mission, TASS reports.
According to him, the OSCE intends to continue the work of the monitoring mission on the Russian-Ukrainian border for another three months without increasing the number of checkpoints.
According to Russian diplomats, there is no need to increase the number of the observed checkpoints because the Russian Federation "completely controls its part of the territory."