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Russian Foreign Ministry: No accords exist on OSCE police mission in Ukraine

May 26, 15:55 UTC+3
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, the problem is that Ukrainian troops "are trying to occupy grey zones" on the line of contact that divides militias and Ukrainian troops
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Ukrainian government soldier fires toward Donbass militias, August 2015

Ukrainian government soldier fires toward Donbass militias, August 2015

© AP Photo/Max Black

MOSCOW, May 26./TASS/. Neither the Normandy Quartet nor the Contact Group adopted any accords on the establishment of an OSCE police mission in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"No accords to create a certain police mission or an armed component of the OSCE mission activity were adopted either in the Contact Group, or in the Normandy Quartet format, or in the OSCE itself," Zakharova said. "This must be clearly fixed," she added.

Current discussion is focused on how to improve the situation on the line of contact that divides militias and Ukrainian troops.

The problem is that Ukrainian troops "are trying to occupy ‘grey zones’ on that line, constantly shelling militias and civilians," she said, noting that they "use arms banned by the Minsk agreements."

"In order to solve this problem, the OSCE has offered creating demilitarized zones on the line of contact, deploying there, as well as at the sites where pulled back armaments are stored, armed observers of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe," the spokeswoman said.

The diplomat said, however, that Moscow had no objections if OSCE observes in Ukraine carried small arms for self-protection. "All issues related to this must be discussed with representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as the OSCE," she noted.

Earlier in the week, the press service of the Ukrainian president reported that a certain agreement had been allegedly reached to send an OSCE police mission to Donbass, after a telephone conversation of the Normandy Quartet leaders. Nobody else confirmed this information, however.

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