Moscow agreed to ensure that local security forces in the Donbass were accompanied by unarmed OSCE observers, said Wednesday the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“At a time when the question about providing security during the elections, we are ready to ensure that local law enforcement would be accompanied by unarmed OSCE observers that they were convinced that the security of the electoral process is ensured”, he said at a joint press conference with Austrian foreign Minister Sebastian Kurtz, presiding in the OSCE.
Answering the question about the transfer of border control to Ukraine, Lavrov said that “this is the last step in the implementation of the Minsk agreements”.
“First you need to hold an Amnesty, to enact the law on the special status, to fix it on a permanent basis in the Constitution, hold local elections, and all of these things have to be done in the form, which will be coordinated with the Donbass”, – said the head of the foreign Ministry.
As you know, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that before the local elections in the Donbass armed the OSCE mission needs to gain control over the uncontrolled Kiev part of the border with Russia in Eastern Ukraine.
According to the President, it is clearly stipulated in the Minsk agreements, the Ukrainian side this is always insisted. “The control of the military mission must stop the infiltration of Russian troops, Russian arms and Russian ammunition”, – he stressed, adding that any sensation in this position not because the Ukrainian side has always advocated such a sequence.
Earlier, the head of the MIA of Ukraine Arsen Avakov declared that in 2017 before the guards get up the goal is to attain an internationally recognised state border of Ukraine in the Donbass.