The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR, LPR) are unalterably opposed to deploying an armed mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to the Donbass region, DPR envoy to the talks in Minsk, Denis Pushilin, said on Monday.
“DPR and LPR are strongly opposed to the presence of OSCE armed units on the territory of the self-proclaimed republics,” he told a TASS round-table conference dedicated to the results of the Berlin Normandy Four summit and the prospects of the Minsk process. “This is not only the stance of our leaders. This is also the stance of our citizens. This is confirmed by the recent demonstrations that brought together thousands of people where our citizens clearly expressed their protest against Poroshenko’s initiatives.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier said that Vladimir Putin supported the idea of an OSCE police mission in Ukraine by and large.
“It is true that President Putin responded with potential consent to the idea of such a mission,” presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told the media. “But for the time being the OSCE has no understanding of how such a mission can be formed, where it is to be deployed and so on.”
“In general there have been no talks on the issue and there could not have been any, because it is a very specific discussion depending on a variety of circumstances,” Peskov said. “All (four leaders of the Normandy Quartet) agreed with the idea of creating such a mission, if need be,” Peskov added. “But it does not have a specific content yet.”