15:51 Oct. 24, 2016
Putin gave his "eventual consent" to the idea, says Kremlin's spokesman
The leaders of the Normandy Four countries did not discuss the deployment of an armed OSCE mission at the uncontrolled part of Ukraine-Russia border while Russia's President Vladimir Putin gave only "eventual consent" to the idea.
That is how the Kremlin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov commented on the issue:
"What concerns some armed police OSCE mission, I want to emphasise that only service weapons were discussed, and Putin, indeed, gave his potential consent to the eventual idea of such a mission," Peskov said.
"But the fact is these are just eventual talks. We have neither mission nor the understanding how this OSCE mission can be formed, where it should be deployed and so on. These issues were not discussed and could not have been discussed because these are very meaningful talks depending on a number of circumstances," he added.
Peskov said that "in general, everyone agreed with the potential idea of deploying such a mission if needed, but there are no specifics so far."
Answering a question whether Moscow would agree to the deployment of the OSCE armed mission at the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border, Peskov said: "Nobody has discussed where such a mission could be deployed, [as] it does not exist yet."
The leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia have met in Berlin on October 19 and agreed to draft a 'road map' which would help to implement the 2015 Minsk peace agreement for eastern Ukraine.
According to the Ukrainian President, Russia supported the idea of armed OSCE monitors in Donbas.