The increase in the number of Special monitoring mission of the OSCE in Ukraine up to the new ceiling in a thousand people would be a fitting response to criticism from the leadership of Ukraine concerning the failure of the activities of the SMM monitoring the ceasefire regime, said on Tuesday Russia's permanent representative to the OSCE Andrey Kelin.
"The Capacity of the mission to the ceiling, installed last Thursday - that is, up to a thousand people," said Kelin Last news . Last week, the OSCE Permanent Council decided to extend the mandate of the SMM by March 31, 2016 and to increase the ceiling observers to 1000 people.
Kelin was made in reference to the last days of criticism from the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, declared ineffective work of the OSCE mission to monitor the ceasefire regime in the Donbass.
The build-up of the SMM will occur gradually. In the first stage, one must gain another 80 people to reach old ceiling five hundred observers, Kelin said.
"This process is, of course, will not happen quickly, but such a task (to reach 1000 observers) should be placed," Kelin said. According to his statement, the playfulness of this process, including the recruitment and training of observers, it is hard to predict." This will be based on how quickly they work in OSCE structures, " said Russia's permanent representative.