Among the countries-members of OSCE, there is no support for the idea of armed police mission in the East of Ukraine. This opinion was expressed by Minister of foreign Affairs of Austria, which now chairs the OSCE, Sebastian Kurz in an interview with Kurier, writes DW.
At the same time, he expressed the need to strengthen the Special monitoring mission (SMM) of the organization in Ukraine. In particular — to provide the best equipment and technology for the focus situation at night.
«If we are able to provide the monitoring mission’s access (to areas in the Donbas. — Ed.) the ability to control the night, and to improve its technical equipment, to make progress and move closer to a ceasefire,» said Kurtz.
However, he expressed doubt that the idea of an armed mission of the OSCE in the Donbass can become a reality, in particular due to the lack of support among member countries of the organization.
Among other plans of Vienna at the head of the OSCE Kurtz called the lobbying for the easing of sanctions against Russia «step by step» in exchange for «positive developments on the spot.»
Speaking in a keynote speech to mark the start of the Austrian presidency, the Minister called for increased attention of the OSCE to the radicalization of the Islamists and appropriate preventive measures, informs news Agency dpa.
As reported, on October 19 in Berlin took place negotiations of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At a press conference following the talks, Poroshenko said that leaders «channel format» approved by the German and French proposals for the basic criteria of the «road map» implementation of the Minsk agreements. Also, according to the President of Ukraine, Russia supported the necessity of placing armed police mission of the OSCE in the Donbas.
Ukraine suggested that an armed police mission in the Donbass joined 18-20 thousand people.
The OSCE is considered unlikely military mission in the Donbass 13.01.2017