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EU hails Russia’s readiness to allow OSCE, Ukrainian observers at border checkpoints

July 03, 2014, 19:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The initiative to place OSCE observers and Ukrainian border guards at the Russian border-crossing checkpoints was voiced on Monday by President Vladimir Putin
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MOSCOW, July 03. /ITAR-TASS/. The European Union hails Russia’s readiness to allow observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as well as Ukrainian border guards at its checkpoints on the border with Ukraine, EU Ambassador to Russia Vigaudas Ushatskas said on Thursday.

“We positively evaluate the readiness expressed by (Russian Foreign) Minister Sergei Lavrov to allow Ukrainian border guards as well as OSCE observers at the border checkpoints,” Ushatskas said.

Russia’s Lavrov said after talks with his German, French and Ukrainian counterparts in the German capital on Wednesday night that as soon as a ceasefire was established Russia would submit a draft decision of the Permanent Council of the OSCE, “which authorizes such deployment of observers at Russian checkpoints.”

The initiative to place OSCE observers and Ukrainian border guards at the Russian border-crossing checkpoints was voiced on Monday by President Vladimir Putin and later reiterated by Lavrov.

“The OSCE monitoring mission will carry out monitoring of the ceasefire regime in Ukraine once it is established,” Lavrov said. “The previous ceasefire was being implemented under conditions of both parties’ violations.”

Fierce military attacks of the pro-Kiev forces on the country’s southeastern regions resumed after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko terminated ceasefire in the embattled regions, primarily in Donetsk and Luhansk.

Hundreds of people have been killed, buildings have been destroyed and tens of thousands have been forced to cross the border from Ukraine to Russia since April as a result of Kiev’s military operation against federalization supporters in Ukraine’s southeast involving armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack aviation.

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