Putin agreed with the proposal to issue weapons of the OSCE mission in Donbass


The President of Russia Vladimir Putin declared need of strengthening of the OSCE mission in Donbass. “I agree with [Ukrainian President] Petro Poroshenko about the fact that we need to strengthen the OSCE mission, even to the point to allow the observers of the OSCE mission to carry small arms”, — said Putin in his speech at the SPIEF-2016.

Poroshenko proposed to introduce in the conflict zone in the South-East of Ukraine more armed police mission. He explained that it should promote a peaceful settlement. According to his idea, the mission should also monitor the Russian-Ukrainian border. Moscow had previously rejected an offer of armed members of the mission.

The Ukrainian side has repeatedly stated about the alleged progress with Moscow the agreement on the introduction of the new armed OSCE representatives on the territory of the conflict. So, on the night of 24 may, the press service of Poroshenko reported that the four leaders — Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, Vladimir Putin and Poroshenko “expressed support for the deployment of police mission of OSCE on Donbass” and “have begun consultations on this issue”.

It was said in Moscow about the wrong interpretation of the negotiation process by the Ukrainian side. About any additional police mission out of the question, it on peregovorah was on the monitoring mission, said in response, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

Russia agree to establish a separate monitoring mission to observe the elections, explained in an interview in the program “Vesti Nedeli” foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The group needs to be created for the election period. For self defense the mission are pistols, said Lavrov.

In addition to monitoring the elections, the mission should nabludat for withdrawal line (line of the conflict between the unrecognized republics and Ukraine) and places of storage of heavy weapons, he said.

The question of the introduction of additional forces of the OSCE mission or the weapons available observers since last year, is being discussed by the leaders of “Norman Quartet” and the leadership of the breakaway republics.

Now in the conflict zone in the South-East of Ukraine there are naked members of the mission, which monitor the observance of the cease-fire between Ukraine and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR). To monitor the situation, the OSCE uses drones.

To establish an international police force requires the consent of all 57 member countries of the OSCE, as well as acceptance of the leadership’s non-recognition of the republics.