Moscow proposes deploying Kiev, OSCE observers at Russian checkpoints on border with Ukraine – Lavrov

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Russia plans to submit a draft resolution to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that will give OSCE observers access to Russian checkpoints on the border with Ukraine. “We will be ready to submit a draft resolution to the OSCE’s Permanent Council shortly, authorizing the deployment of OSCE observers at Russian border checkpoints, which is expected to guarantee control over their transparency and to demonstrate that these border checkpoints are not being used for illegal purposes,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

President Vladimir Putin has proposed that Ukrainian border guards and observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe be given access to the Russian side of the border in order to launch joint controls over the stretches, where Ukrainian border crossing checkpoints have been seized by the militia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a video statement after telephone talks between the Russian, Ukrainian, French and German leaders.

“President Vladimir Putin has proposed that representatives of the Ukrainian border service be deployed as observers at these border crossing checkpoints on the Russian side of the border, in order to launch joint controls over the border.

Putin also proposed that OSCE observers be located at the same checkpoints on the Russian side of the border,” Lavrov said.

“I would like to make a point that the invitation for Ukrainian border guards and OSCE observers will be valid as long as the ceasefire remains in effect,” Lavrov said.

Russia expects that “direct businesslike consultations will start very soon between the Russian and Ukrainian border guard services in order to agree parameters for the presence of Ukrainian border guard monitors at Russian checkpoints,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated, Interfax reports.

Moscow sees the observance of the truce by the conflicting parties in Ukraine as a vital necessity, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting with the ambassadors of 28 European Union states and with the chief of the EU Representative Office in Moscow.

“The Russian foreign minister spoke about the vital necessity of compliance with the truce by all the conflicting parties in Ukraine and of the earliest possible launch of a fully-fledged peace process between Kiev and representatives of the southeastern regions. Special emphasis was laid on the tasks of curbing militants in the paramilitary formations to be fulfilled by the Ukrainian authorities, and on the solution of humanitarian problems in southeastern Ukraine,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in statement on its website.

Despite the current uneasy relations between Moscow and Brussels, Lavrov reaffirmed Russia’s readiness to further promote mutually advantageous cooperation with the European Union, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“The ambassadors’ attention was drawn to the necessity to find systemic solutions to problems in Russia-EU political and economic interaction, which have deteriorated against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis,” the Russian foreign ministry said.

Other regional and international problems were also discussed, it said.

OSCE declines anti-Russian resolution not recognizing Moscow as violator of Ukraine’s integrity

The Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE (OSCEPA) has denied an amendment of the Ukrainian delegation, which claimed that Russia had violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine by integrating with the Crimea. The Ukrainian crisis has become the main issue of the OSCEPA’s agenda that is consecrated to the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act. That’s why the assembly’s chairman Ranko Krivokapić paid particular attention to this fact, while opening the conference.

Chairman of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin has consecrated his speech to the subject, calling upon the parliamentarians to make weighed decisions.

“It’s not wise to consider the resolutions that might lead to confrontations within the assembly as well as Europe as a whole. The Ukrainian delegation can undermine a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine, while trying to blame Russia in all the country’s misfortunes. I also think that it is an irresponsible decision of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to deprive Russia of its right to vote pushed by the Ukrainian government to start the punitive operation.”

The anti-Russia resolution was introduced by a senator of the US Congress Benjamin Cardin. All the sides of the issue should unite to help Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko and the Ukrainians to settle the crisis. The OSCE itself should pay particular attention to the questions on which the Ukrainian government can’t answer, rather than introducing anti-Russia resolutions, Naryshkin said. First of all, Sergey Naryshkin meant the unconstitutional coup, the denial to recognize the right of Ukraine’s people to self-determination, the violation of human’s right during the military operations and the revival of Nazism.

Russia’s position was supported by a number of countries. However, it didn’t have any effect neither on American nor Ukrainian delegations.

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