Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE: the agreement on mine clearance in the Donbas should be achieved without delay

MOSCOW, November 13. As soon as possible to reach agreement on a mine in the Donbass. This was stated by Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich to the Permanent Council of the organization. Text of the speech posted Friday on the website of the Russian foreign Ministry.

“It is necessary without delay to reach agreement on demining, which would be an important step towards reducing the threat of mines, would create favourable conditions for carrying out repair work, ensure the safe movement of civilians and delivery of humanitarian supplies to the needy,” said the diplomat.

The threat of provocations on the contact line

Lukashevich noted that Russia is concerned about the appearance in the Donbas near the frontline of radical groups, which have already provoked the escalation of the conflict.

“We believe that official Kiev bears full responsibility for the actions of all armed forces on their side of the line of contact,” – said Lukashevich.

The de-escalation of the situation in Donbas, he said, opens the way for necessary constitutional changes foreseen in the Minsk package of measures. “In the framework of the subgroup on political issues the two sides exchanged proposals on the content of the electoral law – reminded the diplomat. – We hope that this will help to reach a compromise of such a law. This is not to forget about the other related elements in the package – on Amnesty, the constitutional reform that permanently enshrines the special status of separate regions of Donbass”.

“As we have seen, features of the Ukrainian legislative process is such that when a sufficient level of support from the Western partners, the Verkhovna Rada, though not the first time, but still being able to take the necessary legislative acts – continued Lukashevich. – Believe that if the political will can be accepted and all required for the full implementation of measures of legal change.”

Turning to the issue of restoration of full control over the state border by the government of Ukraine, Russia’s permanent representative drew attention to the fact that, in accordance with the set of measures is “possible only after the achievement of a comprehensive political settlement”. “To get ahead in this process counter-productive”, he stressed.

Moscow will monitor the elections

Lukashevich also said that Moscow will follow, in what circumstances will the local elections in Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities where they took place.

“We will watch, when and in what circumstances elections will be held in Mariupol and other cities where they took place, as the second round of the elections, – said the permanent representative of the Russian Federation. – We believe it is important to send to all Ukrainian political forces and econopolitics a clear signal about the inadmissibility of the deterioration of the situation in the Donbass attempts to disrupt the political settlement process”.

He noted that “the attention of the Special monitoring mission (SMM) of the OSCE deserves the situation in the rest of Ukraine”. “The first round of local elections seems to have exacerbated the internal contradictions, which resulted in a number of high-profile arrests and detentions”, – said Lukashevich.

Local elections in Mariupol and Krasnoarmiisk (Donetsk region) and Svatove in Luhansk oblast will be held on November 29. The second round of elections of mayors in 29 cities of Ukraine will be held next Sunday, November 15. In the first round on 25 October were elected as the heads of only three major regional centers of the country – Odessa, Kharkiv and Ternopil. None of them Pro-presidential forces did not receive the support of voters.