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Media: OSCE rejects German military assistance in Ukraine

Involvement of the military contradicts the mandate of our mission in Ukraine, OSCE said

BERLIN, October 19. /TASS/. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will not agree to Germany’s offer to send to Ukraine drones and the military to secure the Organisation’s inspectors, Deutsche Welle reported on Sunday.

We are happy for any suggestion from our member countries. However, involvement of the military contradicts the mandate of our mission in Ukraine, OSCE said.

On October 10, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germany notified the OSCE it was ready to send drones and military escort to Ukraine. Steinmeier said that an “armed escort” for the teams operating the unmanned aircraft would be required if the mission were to go ahead, saying both Berlin and Paris had made this clear when suggesting the deployment to the OSCE.

Use of drones in eastern Ukraine

Two weeks earlier, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko allowed the OSCE monitors to use drones in the east of the country.

Poroshenko and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter also agreed to increase the number of monitors and provide them with better technical means for monitoring and verification.

The OSCE Secretariat earlier said that the drones would be used to monitor the Ukrainian-Russian border and in compliance with the ceasefire agreement reached in Minsk on September 5.

The sides agreed that the drones will be supplied by the Austrian company Schiebel. It will provide two S-100 vertical take-off and landing drone systems, a control station, six operators, and three mechanics.