The United States calls on Russia to extend the mandate of the OSCE mission on the border with Ukraine
The State Department reminded Russia of its obligations under the Minsk agreements.The mission has been operating since July 2014, its work is related to Russia’s commitments under the Minsk Protocol / photo UNIAN
The United States has expressed “deep regret” over Russia’s decision to block the extension of the mandate of the OSCE observation mission at Russia’s Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints, and called on Russia to change its position.
This is stated in a statement by US State Department spokesman Ned Price, according to ” Voice of America “.
According to him, this decision by Russia “will damage transparency and confidence in the region, which is in dire need of it.” Price called on Russia to change its position and fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements.
“The OSCE Border Monitoring Mission plays a valuable role in transparency in the movement of people and supplies between the Russian Federation and the regions of eastern Ukraine that control Russian-led forces,” a State Department spokesman said.
He reminded that this small mission has been operating since July 2014 and its work is “fundamentally” related to Russia’s commitments under the Minsk Protocol of September 2014, which provides for “continuous monitoring of the Ukrainian-Russian state border and OSCE verification.” .
Price stressed that the United States called on Russia to allow the extension of the mandate of the OSCE mission, to end the prolonged aggression in Ukraine and to promote a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
Russia has refused to extend the OSCE mandate in Donbas
The current mandate of the OSCE observer mission expires at the end of September, and the Russian Federation has stated that it will not join the consensus to extend the mission’s mandate on the Ukrainian-Russian border at the Gukove and Donetsk checkpoints.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly condemned Russia’s decision, saying that it testifies to the Kremlin’s plans to continue supplying weapons to Donbass .
The European Union has also condemned Russia’s decision .
“This is an unfortunate political signal that confirms the lack of political will in Russia to promote a peaceful settlement of the conflict,” the EU delegation said in a statement at the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.