Ukrainian FM: Russian Participation in OSCEMission to Donbass 'Abstraction'

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KIEV (Sputnik) — Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that participation of Russian representatives in a potential armed mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to eastern Ukraine is a "complete abstraction."

Earlier in May, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the Normandy Quartet, comprising Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine, agreed to deploy the OSCE police mission to Donbass. However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that there was no agreement between the Normandy Quartet leaders on the issue of the OSCE police mission deployment.

"On the issue of country's representation [in the mission]. Unfortunately, the decisions within the OSCE are made by consensus. We should take into consideration the positions of all the countries. We will strive for the mission to be effective to the greatest possible extent. Of course, to imagine that Russia's armed representatives would be on Ukraine's territory is a 'complete abstraction,'" Klimkin was quoted as saying by the ICTV television channel on Monday.

He added that the mission should consist of representatives of the countries, who had already expressed their readiness to participate in the mission.

The OSCE has been tasked with monitoring the implementation of the Minsk deal provisions on settling the conflict between Kiev and the pro-independence militias in the country's east. The Minsk accords include a full ceasefire and weapons withdrawal from the line of contact.

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