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Issue of deploying police mission in Donbass not coordinated yet — Russian diplomat

May 27, 2016, 12:45 UTC+3

Some Ukrainian representatives claim the opposite

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OSCE observers in Ukraine

OSCE observers in Ukraine

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MOSCOW, May 27. /TASS/. The issue of arming observers of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) or deploying a police mission in Donbass has not been coordinated yet, Russian Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Alexander Lukashevich said on Friday.

"The issue of arming SMM observers or deploying a police mission in Donbass has not been coordinated yet despite what some Ukrainian representatives say," Lukashevich said. "It should be resolved in the framework of the Contact Group with Donbass representatives."

"Unilateral statements and propagandistic attacks considerably exacerbate conditions for work of the media, complicate cooperation with local authorities," he added.

"It is necessary to coordinate modalities of local election in Donbass and amendments to the law on special status of the region, implement the Package of measures on pardoning and amnesty by adopting a law that bans persecution and punishment of persons over events that occurred in separate regions of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions," the diplomat noted.

"It is rational to do this in a single package. To hold a comprehensive constitutional reform. Constructive proposals on this issue were handed to our colleagues in the ‘Normandy Quartet’ (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine), and members of the Contact Group and its subgroups are familiar with them," he said.

He reminded that the Package of measures envisages restoration of complete control over state border by Ukraine "on the first day after local election."

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