16:22 Oct. 20, 2016
Moscow says 'yes' to armed monitors, 'no' – to returning Debaltseve to Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to the deployment of the armed OSCE police mission to the conflict region of eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday, October 20.
‘Armed mission, OSCE police mission… Call it what you want. Putin has ‘generally' agreed to the deployment of such a mission. He said it was necessary to use German OSCE chairmanship to step up the development of this question', Peskov said.
Concerning Ukraine's demand that Russia return militant-held Debaltseve under Kyiv's control, Peskov said Moscow ‘absolutely disagrees'.
‘When it comes to Debaltseve, the situation is that the agreements reached earlier are interpreted differently by the sides. Russia absolutely disagrees, and the issue remains uncoordinated, the work on it will continue at the level of ministers and aides', Peskov stated.
Separatist leaders earlier held ‘demonstrations' in Donetsk and Luhansk against the armed OSCE mission.