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Belarus: No armed OSCE mission in E. Ukraine, Lavrov says as talks stall02:24

Belarus: No armed OSCE mission in E. Ukraine, Lavrov says as talks stall

Belarus, Minsk
November 29, 2016 at 19:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that an OSCE armed mission to eastern Ukraine was not on the table, following the 'Normandy Four' meeting at the President Hotel in Minsk on Tuesday.

"There is no such need and today nobody has even raised such a question. No one even thinks about deploying an armed OSCE or any other mission, contrary to what Kiev has been saying from time to time. Nobody is even thinking about it," Lavrov stated.

Moreover, the Russian diplomat said that "no breakthroughs have been achieved" and that the Minsk agreements "have stalled." He said: "it is even impossible to agree on the sequence of steps, first of all in security matters and political reforms that must be implemented, meaning the law on the special status of certain regions of Donbass, securing this status on a permanent basis in the Ukrainian constitution and conducting local elections."

Lavrov also commented on numerous violations reported by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine such as "equipment in the security zone and the periodic disappearance of heavy weapons from the warehouses where they have been withdrawn to and where they were supposed to be."

However, Lavrov pointed out a positive result of the meeting, saying that "the agreement of leaders from October 19 is not in question, as it used to be earlier with the Minsk agreements and the decisions that were taken in Paris in October last year."

Belarus: No armed OSCE mission in E. Ukraine, Lavrov says as talks stall02:24
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that an OSCE armed mission to eastern Ukraine was not on the table, following the 'Normandy Four' meeting at the President Hotel in Minsk on Tuesday.

"There is no such need and today nobody has even raised such a question. No one even thinks about deploying an armed OSCE or any other mission, contrary to what Kiev has been saying from time to time. Nobody is even thinking about it," Lavrov stated.

Moreover, the Russian diplomat said that "no breakthroughs have been achieved" and that the Minsk agreements "have stalled." He said: "it is even impossible to agree on the sequence of steps, first of all in security matters and political reforms that must be implemented, meaning the law on the special status of certain regions of Donbass, securing this status on a permanent basis in the Ukrainian constitution and conducting local elections."

Lavrov also commented on numerous violations reported by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine such as "equipment in the security zone and the periodic disappearance of heavy weapons from the warehouses where they have been withdrawn to and where they were supposed to be."

However, Lavrov pointed out a positive result of the meeting, saying that "the agreement of leaders from October 19 is not in question, as it used to be earlier with the Minsk agreements and the decisions that were taken in Paris in October last year."

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