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 OSCE mission in Donbas should be reinforced, allowed to carry firearms, - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he agrees with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on reinforcing the OSCE mission in the Donbas, including equipping it with firearms.

Russian leader said it answering questions at a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Censor.NET reports citing TASS.

"It is necessary to carry out political reforms as soon as possible, which will form the basis of a final settlement in the field of security, - Putin said. - Some things have to be done simultaneously. I agree with Petro Poroshenko on the necessity to reinforce the OSCE mission to the point monitors are allowed to carry firearms."

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According to the Russian leader, some other things could be done to improve the level of security. "But we can not, saying that not everything is settled in this area, endlessly postpone addressing the key issues of political nature, that's all there is to it," Putin said.

He recalled that the text of the Minsk agreements contains only a few key points, yet they are not really fulfilled.

"Everything is laid out there: amendments to the constitution that had to be adopted before the end of 2015. But where are these amendments?" Putin remarked.

"A law on the special status of these territories, which we regard as unrecognized republics, had to be enacted. This law was passed by the parliament, but it hasn't taken effect so far."

According to the Russian president, an amnesty law had to be adopted. The Ukrainian parliament passed the law, but Petro Poroshenko has not signed it.

"How can any election be possible in the situation of the anti-terrorist operation? Is it done this way anywhere in the world? We do not even talk about it," Putin said indignantly, calling for economic and humanitarian reconstruction.

He added that the postponement of these steps under the pretense of acts of violence near the demarcation line "is just an excuse, a reason to do nothing."

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