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Moscow convinced Ukraine peace is manageable task despite tensions — Russia’s OSCE envoy

January 29, 2015, 16:46 UTC+3
"We hope that the discussion launched in Donetsk during the preliminary consultations will be continued," Russia's Ambassador to OSCE Andrey Kelin said
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Russia's Ambassador to OSCE Andrey Kelin

Russia's Ambassador to OSCE Andrey Kelin

© AP Photo/Ronald Zak

MOSCOW, January 29. /TASS/. Moscow is confident that achieving peace and consent in Ukraine is a manageable task despite the current tensions, Russia's Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Andrey Kelin said on Thursday.

"Despite the fact that the situation is complex, we are convinced that reaching peace and consent in Ukraine is a rather manageable task," Kelin told the OSCE Permanent Council meeting, adding that the key issue is "an inclusive national dialogue."

"We hope that the discussion launched in Donetsk during the preliminary consultations will be continued," Kelin said in a statement published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.

"Kiev used the truce declared in the conflict zone late December to build up its offensive potential and prepare another attempt to solve the situation by military force. Kiev has been preparing for war all this time, and it is not hiding it. Forces and military hardware, including heavy weapons, were drawn to the contact line; new waves of mobilization were announced; there are plans for the overwhelming militarization of [Ukrainian] economy," Kelin said.

Against the background of the current events, it would be good if Kiev could give a clear answer to a simple question — whether it considers Donbas to be part of Ukraine or not, Kelin noted.

Moscow sees no signs of Kiev's readiness to stop fighting and start political settlement, the diplomat said. Kiev uses hoax allegations about presence of Russian troops in Ukraine to ask for more money and weapons from West, Kelin said.

It’s high time the United States and countries having influence on Kiev stop conniving at Ukraine’s "party of war" and covering up their brutal actions, the diplomat said. "We would like to address a request to representatives of states that have influence on the Ukrainian authorities, first of all, Washington," he said at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council. 

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