The Tripartite Contact Group on the Peaceful Settlement of the Situation in Eastern Ukraine views the blocking of the OSCE Mission in Donbas as a systematic undermining of the Mission's authority. At the same time, the OSCE stated the threat to its patrols.
This was emphasized by the speaker of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG Oleksiy Arestovych in a comment to RBC-Ukraine.
«Two days of their base (OSCE) in Donetsk and Horlivka were blocked. Yesterday they tried to leave, but were not allowed. The Ukrainian delegation considers these actions as a systematic undermining of the Mission's authority,» Arestovych said.
According to him, in conjunction with the non-extension of the mandate of the OSCE mission at the Russian border crossings Donetsk and Gukovo, such actions of the Russian Federation are seen by the TCG as a conscious policy of ousting the OSCE from the occupied territories. And this, according to TCG representatives, is a gross undermining of the security system in Europe.
Arestovych noted that the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG is in constant contact with the OSCE Permanent Mission in Vienna and the OSCE SMM.
«We reiterate that we consider the activities of the OSCE SMM as a basis for impartial monitoring of the situation in the area of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and pay tribute to the Mission as a force that promotes dialogue between its parties, Ukraine and Russia,» Arestovich added.
It will be recalled that the OSCE has suspended its monitoring mission in Donbas for security reasons, as a «protest action» has been taking place under the hotel where members of the OSCE mission live for several days.