OSCE SMM will expand the zone of control of the entire Donbas. Klimkin said when there can be elections

Special monitoring mission (SMM) of the OSCE in Ukraine will expand their zone of control on the entire territory of Donbas and control in the first place the cessation of hostilities. On Wednesday in Mariupol, said the Chairman of the OSCE, Federal Minister for Europe, integration and foreign Affairs of Austria Sebastian Kurz, reports «Interfax-Ukraine».

Free and fair elections in the Donbass possible after the withdrawal of Russian troops and the return of Ukraine border control — Klimkin

Kurtz also noted the need for a realistic approach to the capabilities of the mission. «As for the mission I’m asking you to realistically approach this issue in the OSCE’s 57 member countries and decisions are taken by consensus,» Kurtz said, answering the question of Ukrainian journalist about the likelihood of the introduction in Ukraine a police mission of the OSCE.

The Minister stressed that the OSCE will do everything possible «to keep the mission operated as efficiently as possible, conducted surveillance on the whole territory of Donbass and to the efforts of the mission had reached a full cease-fire.»

But the efforts of the OSCE on the mission is not enough, said the Chairman of the organization. «There are efforts and there where decisions are made in Moscow, Kiev and in other countries,» said Kurtz.

Kurtz also noted the importance of restoration of the destroyed Donbas infrastructure, but stressed the priority of ensuring ceasefire on both sides.

«We need to continue to engage in dialogue and negotiations. But the Minsk agreement today, the only base document, upon which we must act. And although I am not satisfied with the status of the implementation of these agreements, I have to say that the situation at the time of signing was worse than now. And could be even worse than now. I’m not satisfied with the current status quo, but in the absence of other underlying document, we must fulfill the Minsk agreements», — said the OSCE Chairman, answering the question about prospects of implementation of the Minsk agreements.

In addition, Kurtz said that a full ceasefire must be the basis for holding fair and free elections in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. He said this in Mariupol at a joint briefing with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin.

As noted by the OSCE Chairman, the basis for the effective work of the Special monitoring mission of OSCE in Ukraine should be a real ceasefire.

«This should also be the basis for what you have already said for conducting free and fair elections,» said Kurtz.

He also said that the priority is to improve and ease the humanitarian situation of the local population in the Donbas. In particular, Kurtz said that everything should be done to alleviate the suffering of the residents of Donbass.

In his opinion, the work of the OSCE mission can be improved.

Kurtz also intends to visit Kiev and Moscow in two weeks.

«I have two weeks plan to visit both Kiev and Moscow,» said Kurtz.

Free and fair elections in the Donbass possible after the withdrawal of Russian troops and the return of Ukraine border control — Klimkin

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that free and fair elections in the Donbass possible only after the withdrawal of Russian troops and return to Ukraine control of the border.

«We all understand that we need to force Russia to implement the Minsk agreements», — said Klimkin.

«It looks like just: stop, end, shoot, stop the attacks, give the OSCE mission, which works so hard, full access to the territory of Donbas and uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border, so we finally stopped this flow and of Russian regular troops and mercenaries, weapons and infinite ammunition,» — said the Minister.

«In the end, give hostages, let at least the Red Cross and international humanitarian organizations and give the opportunity to help people on the occupied territory of Donbass», — said Klimkin.

According to him, it is the fulfillment of these conditions will depend on the holding of local elections in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

«And if at least it will be done will be achieved if security conditions in order to move on, start preparing free and fair elections but real elections in the occupied territory of Donbass», — said Klimkin.

He also noted that we need the efforts of all the civilized world to force Russia to fulfill the Minsk agreements.

Klimkin noted the role of the OSCE, which is necessary for preparation of free and fair elections.

In addition, Klimkin said that to speak about lifting sanctions against Russia after her execution of the Minsk agreements, and the failure is their gain.

«We need sanctions to force Russia to fulfill Minsk, if she will perform «Minsk», then you can start talking about lifting sanctions can begin to talk about other things with the European Union», — said Klimkin.

Foreign Minister of Ukraine also noted that the idea of lifting the sanctions after the implementation of the Minsk agreements is not new.

«Or «Minsk» is performed, and then the sanctions are removed, or «Minsk» is performed, and then needs to find funds in the strengthening of sanctions, possibly, other means of pressure that Russia is still «Minsk» fulfilled», — said Klimkin.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine said that while the sanctions that were imposed against Russia in connection with the occupation of the Crimea, should remain in force until its release.

Earlier, the Ministers have called for KPVV, «Food» in the Donetsk region.

It was reported that the purpose of the visit to Donetsk region, Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Minister instoring Affairs, now staying still at the head of the OSCE, is to introduce the foreign Minister of Austria at the beginning of the presidency of this country in the OSCE with the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements, socio-economic situation in the region due to the military aggression of Russia against Ukraine, as well as charitable projects with participation of Austrian humanitarian organisations.

Klimkin and Kurtz discuss the efforts of the Austrian chairmanship of the OSCE in 2017, aimed at resolving the conflict in and around Ukraine, including the deployment of armed police mission of the OSCE in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, strengthening the capacity of the Special monitoring mission of OSCE in Ukraine to implement effective monitoring and verification of the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

As reported, in November the Secretary of the national security Council and defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov expressed the opinion that sanctions against Russia are only now beginning to yield results. We will remind, the decree of the President of Ukraine (№ 467/2016), which enacts NSDC decision on prolonging for a year the previously imposed sanctions, and on the introduction of a year of additional sanctions against legal and natural persons entered into force on 31 October.




OSCE SMM will expand the zone of control of the entire Donbas. Klimkin said when there can be elections 04.01.2017

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