“Unfortunately, our colleagues don’t want to give up an idea of creating a unipolar world that hampers trust and the strengthening of security on the European continent,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov said on Thursday.
“The attempts for creating a unipolar world have failed that is why a chaos control scheme is often used. But it is impossible to control the chaos. Thus the events in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Ukraine are the result of short-sighted policy,” he said.
Under these circumstances, “the OSCE faces serious challenges. We should do our best for the organisation to carry out its initial task - to search for dialogue and for joint decisions, primarily in the context of building a common European security system”, Meshkov said.
“At present, Western partners are more obsessed with Ukraine that will prevent us from moving forward in several trends within the OSCE,” he said.
“The OSCE is doing much in Ukraine. Today it is the central international organisation that works in Ukraine,” Meshkov said.
Earlier, Meshkov emphasised the need to increase the OSCE Mission to Ukraine to 500 observers.
At present, the mission numbers about 300 people. Twelve specialists from Russia were working in the OSCE mission, Meshkov said.
“As of today the mission carries out its task. But there are certain questions: it is necessary to make the mission’s work impartial in order to allow it to cooperate with the parties involved in the conflict,” he said.
“We’d like more detailed information on the events in the east and southeast of Ukraine, and the assessment of the actions by Ukrainian Armed Forces and National Guard,” Meshkov said.
“Now the major task is to control ceasefire and extend the truce. If the truce is reliable and long-term, the OSCE can monitor it,” he said.
“The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) asked us to raise the number of Russian observers to 40,” he said, adding, “Russia made $600,000 voluntary contribution to the mission’s work.”