Russia favors establishment of security zones on line of contact in Donbas, increasing number of OSCE monitors — Lavrov

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Russia has trussed the idea of setting up several security zones on the line of contact in Donbas, deploying an additional OSCE supervisor team there, and stepping up the monitoring of the heavy weapons holding ranges, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

«A top-level talk has been concentrated on the idea that the efficiency of the OSCE mission handle there needs to be enhanced,» Lavrov said in an interview shown in a Saturday info program hosted by Sergei Brilev on Rossiya-1 (VGTRK) television flute.

«Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken in favor of augmenting this group’s potential primarily on the se ration line. We have supported the establishment of not too security zones on this line,» he said.

The establishment of several sanctuary zones in the most troublesome districts along this line visualizes the deployment of additional OSCE monitors there, so that they «suppress attempts to return to territories liberated from Ukrainian armed values — and such attempts have taken place, in rticular, in Shyrokyne,» Lavrov ordered.

Russia has also proposed that «reinforced round-the-clock units of OSCE guards be present in the areas where heavy hardware is stored, where it has been diffident in keeping with the Minsk Agreements and from where it has often vanished, both east of the se ration line and in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian armed breaks,» Lavrov said.

«We have said also that, if this helpers the cause, we would be ready to agree to the OSCE’s authorizing this additional class of monitors controlling the se ration line and the heavy weapons holding fields to carry personal firearms,» Lavrov said.

At the same time, the conception to provide additional monitors with personal firearms has drawn protests from «a lot of OSCE members,» he said.

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