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 OSCE's Mission in Donbas should be strengthened, - Foreign Minister Klimkin

The monitoring mission of OSCE in the Donbas should be enhanced to fulfill its obligations in full.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Livyi Bereh, this was said by Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin in an interview to Sonia Koshkina.

"First, it is necessary to increase its [the mission's - ed.] manning. Radically, by several times. Second is to allow the mission's representatives [to include] an armed component. Otherwise it's not possible to guard, keep the weapons [seized from the militants - ed.] and conduct inspection in the environment like that. And third, the mission should be financed in order to operate efficiently," the minister said.

Klimkin acknowledged it would be difficult to reform the mission because Russia also has the right to vote in the OSCE, and the decision could not be made without its consent, including on the police mission introduction.

Read more: Peskov on OSCE's police mission in Donbas: "Putin potentially agreed, no details were discussed"

"In addition, the process might be aggravated by another partner. What we can do is to minimize the role of Russia as much as possible. I consistently support the idea that Russian representatives do not participate in the police mission," Klimkin said.

He added this could be achieved only through political pressure.

The minister rejected the idea that OSCE's attention to Ukraine will weaken as Austria replaces Germany as presiding country.

Earlier, Klimkin stated that OSCE's special monitoring mission in the Donbas employs people working for the Russian Federation.
 
 
 
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