Kiev interprets position of “Normandy Four” as for OSCE mission too freely – Denis Pushilin

The Ukrainian side interpreted the position of the countries “Normandy Four” leaders too freely, having said about their support an idea to enter the armed police the OSCE mission in Donbass.The Head of the delegation of the DPR in the contact group, the Chairman of the People’s Council Denis Pushilin told Donetsk News Agency about it.

“According to our information, the sides have discussed this problem, and this problem will be solved in Minsk. “Norman Format” is not only Ukraine which interprets too freely”, the Speaker of the parliament said.

He stressed that the DPR is still against being in the conflict zone of any armed police missions and they will regard the entries of such missions as intervention. Pushilin especially noted that the observers’ with weapons presence cannot contribute to elections, provided by Minsk agreements.

“We have the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), which protects the rule of law, so they will provide for the safety of the elections and for the observers, voters and committee”, the Head of delegation of Republic summed up at peace negotiations.

Beforehand they announced in the President’s Petro Poroshenko press service that the countries “Normandy Four” leaders – Russia, France and Germany – in a telephone conversation supposedly supported the deployment of the armed OSCE mission in Donbass.

Commenting this announcement, the Russian President’s press-secretary Dmitry Peskov emphasized that the subject about the armed OSCE mission is discussing, however in understanding of Moscow they are still talking about the monitoring mission, but not about the police one. Peskov also noted that the problems about empowerment of the OSCE mission must be discussed with the DPR and LPR.

We must remind that beforehand the powers of the Republic have repeatedly stated about inadmissibility of accommodation a new OSCE mission in a conflict zone, as the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said, “well armed with heavy weapons”. The Head of the DPR Alexander Zaharchenko, in particular, stated that such step will be seen as intervention, he also recall Kiev to make real efforts for the peaceful settlement of the conflict, “but not to try capturing Donbass by OSCE’s hands”. In turns, Acting Minister of foreign Affairs of the DPR Natalya Nikonorova pointed to a straight contradiction between the initiative of Poroshenko and the peace agreements reached in Minsk.  

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