Moscow is “taking additional measures to undermine the peaceful settlement of the conflict” in eastern Ukraine when it opposes a standard four-month extension of the mandate of the OSCE observation mission at Russia’s Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints. This was stated by the US Attorney for the OSCE Courtney Ostrian on May 27.
She opposed Russia’s proposal to extend the mission’s mandate by only two months, saying it would create “additional administrative complications” for the mission.
“We do not see an increase in security and mutual trust in such actions; we need cooperation and transparency, not unilateral and hidden threats, “the diplomat stressed. She called on Russia to reconsider its proposal to halve the mandate of the observation mission.
In general, Ostrian noted that the situation in the region remains volatile, with large numbers of Russian troops still along the Ukrainian-Russian border, in the occupied Crimea and near the Donbass contact line.
“Russia has increased tensions in an already unstable region. Due to Ukraine’s restraint in the face of Russian military activity, there was no escalation of the conflict in Donbas, although violence continues on a daily basis, “she added.
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