OSCE’s Alexander Hug to visit Donbas next week

Source : 112 Ukraine

He also requested meetings and is ready to discuss with Zakharchenko and Plotnitskiy security situation in the area
15:58, 17 November 2017

The Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug will be visiting eastern Ukraine on November 19-25. This was reported by the OSCE press service.

“The purpose of his visit is to assess the security situation along the contact line and its impact on civilians and to evaluate pending repair projects for critical infrastructure. Moreover, he will encourage all concerned to work towards normalization of the situation.,” the message says.

At the same time, Hug requested meetings and “stands ready to discuss with Mr Zakharchenko and Mr Plotnitskiy security situation in the area and the implementation of the Minsk agreements as well as the impediments to SMM monitoring”.

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During the visit, Hug will join OSCE monitors as they patrol locations along the contact line. Journalists are invited to join Hug on these patrols.

As it was reported earlier the OSCE slammed implementation of the restrictive measures against foreign media in Russia and the U.S. According to Harlem Desire, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, the authority demands that the governments stop attaching respective labels to the media. The OSCE urges both countries to revise the respective laws.

“Branding media entities as ‘foreign agents’ is a dangerous practice, as it can narrow the space for freedom of the media,” said Désir. He also expressed concern that the respective pieces of legislation, while originally designed for non-media actors, are now being extended to cover the media." Foreign Agent" legislation should not be for media. Registration of media as a foreign agent is not acceptable’, the official said.

Related: Donbas militants ignore Minsk agreements, keep vehicles near division line, - OSCE

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