Russia not to continue OSCE mission on border with occupied Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

The current mandate will expire after September 30
18:15, 2 September 2021

Open source

The Russian Federation has stated that it will not support the continuation of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's mission on the Russian border, as reported by Radio Liberty correspondent Rikard Jozwiak on Twitter.

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“Russia today announced in Vienna that it won't support an extension beyond 30 Sep of the OSCE border and observer mission (BOM) at the two checkpoints (Donetsk & Gukovo) on the Russian-Ukrainian border,” Jozwiak wrote.

As it was reported earlier, the OSCE Permanent Council extended the mandate of the monitoring mission at the Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints for only two months (these checkpoints are located on Russia's border with the occupied Donbas) at the end of May due to Russia's position.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated that Russian Federation prevented the extension of the mission's mandate for a standard four-month period, reducing it to two months, without objective reasons. The ministry also believes that in this way Russia seeks to continue the unhindered supply of weapons, military equipment, ammunition, regular troops and mercenaries to the occupied territories of Ukraine.

The OSCE Mission has been working at these points since July 29, 2014.

As it was reported earlier, Russia criticized US plans to provide military assistance to Ukraine on the bases of a belief that this could provoke an escalation in Donbas. 


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