There is no need to replace OSCE observers in Ukraine with UN mission. This was stated during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Interfax reports.
"It does not make sense to look for other formats that wouldn't be more useful," Merkel said.
"We are united in the fact that the work of the OSCE representatives is very important," added the Chancellor.
We recall, on April 23 in Pryshyb village in Luhansk region, in the area controlled by militants, OSCE car was blown up on a mine. As a result, an observer from the United States died, two more mission members were wounded. Ukrainian authorities are investigating the explosion of the car as a terrorist act, the similar investigation is also being conducted by the OSCE.
After that, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, expressed his condolences to the relatives and friends of the American representative of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, who died as a result of the patrol's undermining. Poroshenko also proposed to intensify the consideration of the issue of deploying an international peacekeeping contingent in the Donbas under the auspices of the United Nations. Russia once again opposed this idea, saying that such action is not consistent with the Minsk agreements.