The ministers expressed concern toward restrictions of movement in the territory of self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics imposed on March 21.
“The outbreak of coronavirus pandemic cannot be the reason for obstruction of the freedom of movement of SMM and fulfillment of its mandate,” the message said.
Maas and Drian are sure that the OSCE SMM workers should have safe and unhindered access all over Ukraine, including uncontrolled territories, while Russia should use its influence to provide such access.
Besides, French and German ministers demand to cancel the restriction for access to these territories for the representatives of UN, international humanitarian and non-governmental organizations, including the International Red Cross Committee.
Particularly, they pointed at the agreements reached during the last Normandy Format Summit in Paris, which provide the unhindered access of the International Red Cross Committee to prisoners.
Earlier, the European Union states about the importance of the unhindered access of the OSCE SMM to areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions uncontrolled by Ukraine.