Moscow is actively working on the extension of the mandate of the Special monitoring mission (SMM) of the OSCE in Ukraine, to strengthen its capacity, the Russian Federation and other members of the organization agree that the Mandate is necessary to renew for a "considerable" period of the year, said in an interview Last news Director of the Department of European cooperation (DOS) of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Ivan Satanovsky.
The mandate of the SMM OSCE in Ukraine will expire on March 23. As said Last news Russia's envoy to the organization Andrey Kelin, Now there is discussion about extending the mission for a year.
"We are actively working to extend the mandate of the mission and to strengthen its capacity. This implies an increase in the number, that is, human amplification and material basis, as well as of the expiration of this mission, " said the Russian diplomat.
according to his statement, " the vast number of our partners in the OSCE believes that it is Necessary to strengthen the mission.
Satanovsky, answering the question whether Moscow's idea to extend the mandate of the SMM for a year, said that Russia and other members of the OSCE ideas for extending the mission in General coincide." We are obliged to extend such impressive time, because the process of domestic settlement is not instantaneous and will require attention from the international brotherhood, " said he.
"currently, we still have some time for approval decision on extension. It is necessary to look. The funding issue is also very sharp. By expanding the number of observers it is not enough. Payment will need more, no doubt. Political will on the part of this decision is present. I hope It will go fairly painless if you do not become politicized, and want to politicize this issue, unfortunately enough, " drew the attention of the Director of DOS.
The Ukrainian authorities began in April last year in the Donbass military operation against dissatisfied with the coup d'etat in the region. According to the summary data of the United Nations, victims of the conflict began more than 6 thousand people. The resolution of the Ukrainian fall under negotiation in different formats, for example, during meetings of the contact group in Minsk With the mediation of Russia and the OSCE.
dialogues " channel four ", held on 12 February, took place against a background of a sharp aggravation of the situation in the Donbass, instigated by the Ukrainian law enforcers who, having increased strength, began to storm the position of the militia. According to the results of the meeting of the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany adopted a package of measures involving, for example, a cease-fire in the Donbass with fifteen February, the withdrawal of heavy weapons and the development of a security zone.
Soon after informing truce in the Donbass resumed shooting, parties blame each other in violation of the "silence mode" and reported that they only return fire. Kiev is considering an appeal to the UN and the EU on the introduction into the region of the peacekeepers.