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OSCE applies blind eye tactics, its coordinator refused to visit detained Russian soldier
16:57, 8 November 2017
OSCE applies blind eye tactics, its coordinator refused to visit detained Russian soldier

The OSCE coordinator visited the pretrial detention center but did not call on Ageev.

16:57, 8 November 2017

Facebook Iryna Gerashchenko

Iryna Gerashchenko, the first deputy speaker of the Verkhovna Rada and representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup in Minsk claimed about the applying of the blind eye tactics by the OSCE towards the presence of the Russian soldiers in Donbas. She reported this at Facebook.

‘Our experts, particularly Evgen Magda, that are present at the Warsaw Security Forum write that Thomas Greminger, the Secretary General of the OSCE uses the phrase ‘Ukrainian crises’. Of course, the OSCE is neutral and apolitical but when there is the absurdity in the recognition of the evident things in order to please one of the OSCE members then it destroys the basis and grounds of this organization. I think that the blind eyes tactics is the part of the OSCE policy’, Gerashchenko noted.

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Also, Gerashchenko noted that she will demand from the Foreign Ministry to inform Sebastian Kurz, the Chairman of the OSCE about this.

‘Toni Frisch, the coordinator of the OSCE visited the pretrial detention center in Starobilsk where the people arrested for the grave offense, including the separatism are confined. Also, Viktor Ageev, the Russian so-called ‘lost’ career military man is confined there. I raised the issue of Ageev a lot of times at the Minsk humanitarian subgroup and demanded from the coordinator to visit this person and ascertain that he is confined in the normal conditions and to talk with him one-on-one to hear the story of the ‘lost’ Russian military. Moreover, exactly the OSCE, Russia and Ukraine are the members of the Minsk Trilateral Contact Group’, she wrote and noted that the OSCE coordinator visited the pretrial detention center but did not call on Ageev.

Related: OSCE calls for avoiding shelling of Donetsk filtering station

She thinks that it is the deliberate tactics of the OSCE to not see the Russians in Donbas and the organization plays along Russia.

Related: Final lists of detainees to be exchanged in Donbas not ready yet, - OSCE representative

‘It is unacceptable on the side of the coordinator of the OSCE. Such attitude directly harms the process of the hostages’ release and I am not going to be silent on this’, Gerashchenko noted.

Related: Humanitarian ‘convoys’ are proof of Russia’s involvement in Donbas conflict, - U.S. envoy in OSCE

Viktor Ageev was detained in Donbas and he confirmed that he is the military of the Russian Armed Forces. At the moment Ageev is detained at the Starobelsk detention center. His mother came to Ukraine and was allowed a meeting with her son

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