14:53 Jun. 4, 2016
Russia claims, Ukraine distorts facts about negotiations on OSCE mandate
Russia says, OSCE observers in eastern Ukraine could have "some" additional police functions. But Moscow will accept that, if the monitors will only use these functions to control ceasefire and weapons withdrawal. This is reported by the Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, Sergey Lavrov.
"For example, handguns for self-defence. Such a practice exists. It could be considered an element of police functions", Lavrov said in an interview with Russian journalists on Saturday, June 4.
The Minister also added, Russia does not mind if Kyiv "comes to a consensus" with the separatists regarding the control of the Ukrainian-Russia border.
"If they all agree, then by all means. But it needs to be an agreement between Kyiv and Donetsk and Luhansk, because they haven't forgotten Kyiv's threats, that they are bandits and terrorists, and they will never be considered as acceptable partners", Lavrov stated.
Earlier Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said, Moscow wanted to hold local elections in Donbas under the gun of Putin's special forces. He also claimed, restoring Ukraine's sovereignty over the occupied territories in the country's east is the key provision in the observance of the Minsk agreements.