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 Putin agreed to OSCE's full access to entire Donbas, - Foreign Minister Klimkin

During 'Normandy Four' talks in Paris on Oct. 2, Russian President Putin for the first time agreed to the OSCE's full access to all areas controlled by the Donbas mercenaries.

This was announced by Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on air of Svoboda Slova talk show on ICTV channel, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"It was the first time that I heard from the Russian party, from Putin, that the OSCE monitoring mission should have full access to the entire Donbas, according to its mandate. Without such access we cannot be sure that there is progress in the security issue. How can we speak of withdrawal of Russian troops or Russian equipment if there is no one to control this across the Donbas?" he said.

The minister noted that this agreement was of key importance.

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"For our agreements -- on OSCE-guided mine clearance, on the ban of Russian party's use of radio electronic devices to blanket OSCE drones -- are all very important. But this one agreement -- OSCE's full access -- it opens the door," Klimkin said.

As reported earlier, Ukraine's Foreign Minister also said that if Russia did not withdraw troops from the Donbas by the end of the year, sanctions against it might be tightened.
 
 
 
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