Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov commented on night conversation leaders “channel four” Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and Petro Poroshenko, one of the topics which was the initiative of sending to the conflict zone in the Donbas police mission of the OSCE. Informed about the support this idea of the “Quartet” Kiev said.
“This is, first, still monitoring mission. In our understanding this is not a police mission,” — said Peskov, reports . On the remark of journalists that in the Western press after the telephone conversation of the Quartet talking about the police mission, the President’s press Secretary said: “For us it’s monitoring mission”.
Peskov reminded that this topic “has been discussed for the first day.” “There is the question of weapons of this mission — theoretically it is possible to arm”, — said the press Secretary of the President. He stressed that the mission should not be soldiers, therefore, according to him, the question arises, “how will they use these weapons”. There are other issues, said Peskov, assuming that “discussions will continue”.
A telephone conversation between the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine took place in the night of Tuesday, may 24. The press service of the Kremlin at the end of the conversation he said that one of the topics discussed was the question of increase of efficiency of activities in the conflict zone in the Donbass special monitoring mission of the OSCE by giving it additional powers”. The press service of the Ukrainian President Poroshenko, in turn, said that the participants of the “Normandy four” have expressed support for the deployment of police mission of OSCE on Donbass”, moreover, “has begun consultations on this issue.”
When asked by journalists to specify which additional powers of the OSCE mission can be discussed, Peskov said: “I would not now go into details. There is a study of all the nuances associated with the mission, and there’s a lot of question”. He drew attention to the fact that during the expansion of the area of responsibility of the OSCE mission need “the consent of the representatives of Donbass”. Journalists asked to clarify where in the Minsk agreements is a condition to which Sands replied: “Well somebody should do it. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian side, Kyiv, still avoids and rejects contact with representatives of these areas, and to abstract from the views of these representatives is simply impossible. Therefore, this task takes on Russia”.
According to Peskov, the international mission must monitor compliance with the ceasefire regime on the demarcation line. Now the question of violations of the ceasefire regime in the Donbas is “very serious,” said press Secretary of the President.