Foreign Ministry: Moscow is outraged by threats against OSCE observers in Ukraine

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The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Kiev severely violates the obligation to provide security, immunities and freedom of movement and travel of the OSCE observers, that it prevents the Mission from monitoring the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

Moscow is outraged by the fact that the Ukrainian security forces carry out illegal inspections of the OSCE observers in Donbass; threats are launched against the Mission, which is totally unacceptable, says the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry released on Monday.

The Russian Foreign Minister drew attention to the fact that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine frequently reports that the Ukrainian military and volunteer units search cars, inspect document and certificates of nationality of the OSCE observers. They often ask the international observers if there are any Russian citizens among them.

At the end of March, there was a case near the village Muratovo, the Luhansk region, when a Ukrainian military threatened that any Russian OSCE Mission member who happened to be there would be killed.

"These facts arouse indignation and are absolutely unacceptable. Coherence of the Ukrainian military and volunteer units leaves no doubt that they have an order to inspect the OSCE observers. It amply demonstrates the true intentions of the initiators of the order," emphasizes the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Such actions, the Foreign Ministry notes, violate the obligations to provide security, immunities and freedom of movement and travel of the OSCE observers, that they prevent the Mission from monitoring the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

"The Russian Foreign Ministry urges the Ukrainian authorities to stop the practice of illegal inspections of the OSCE observers and to abide scrupulously by their international obligations, including with respect to the special monitoring Mission," says the statement.

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