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Poroshenko calls for spread of OSCE SMM mandate to Crimea
17:15, 17 August 2016
Poroshenko calls for spread of OSCE SMM mandate to Crimea

President also stresses importance of resolute EU response to Russian provocation and artificial tension stoking

17:15, 17 August 2016

Politico

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko informed President of the European Council Donald Tusk of the cynical provocations of the Russian Federation in the occupied Crimea and the escalation of its aggressive actions in Donbas during a telephone conversation. They also discussed the process of implementation of the Minsk agreements, the press service of the Head of State reports.

Related: Tusk: Ukraine's issue is a priority, EU not to lift sanctions against Russia

Poroshenko stressed the need to strengthen the international presence in the Donbas region, in particular through the extension of the OSCE SMM, including in Crimea, and the deployment of armed OSCE police mission in the East of Ukraine.

The President also stressed the importance of a resolute EU response to Russian provocation and an artificial tension stoking.

"After the recent events in the Crimea there should be no illusions about the intentions of the Russian Federation and strengthening of sanctions. It is an effective mechanism of influence", Poroshenko said.

Related: Yatsenyuk: We must fight Russia's aggression with strict diplomatic position and sanctions

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