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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Foreign Ministry: Russia does not give permission to armed peacekeepers in the Donbass


The Russian foreign Ministry has denied the statement of Deputy head of presidential administration of Ukraine Konstantin Eliseev that the country “channel four” agreed to enter into the Donbas police mission of the OSCE.


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According to the Deputy head of the Russian foreign Ministry Grigory Karasin, quoted by “Interfax, “Russia such consent not given” and “for discussion of these issues there are existing formats.” As such, he called a contact group in Minsk, as well as the actual OSCE.

We will remind that earlier today Elisha announced the availability of Kyiv has records of telephone negotiations of leaders of “Norman Quartet” in which Russia expresses its consent to police peacekeepers. However, he added that with the may 23 date of the talks — Russia sabotaged the implementation of the agreements, refusing to discuss their implementation at an expert level.

Karasin in response to this, in turn, accused Kiev strategists” in the “wordiness”.

The issue of police mission of the OSCE in the Donbas becomes important in the context of the upcoming in the unrecognized republics local elections to be held in accordance with Minsk agreements. Furthermore, they also stipulates that Kiev must gain control over the border with Russia.

However, Russia, unlike Ukraine, believes that this should be done after local elections, while Ukraine believes that in this case their results will play into the hands of separatists.

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