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Russia deals devastating blow to Minsk agreements by refusing to extend OSCE mandate at checkpoints in Donbas – Kuleba

KYIV. Oct 13 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine is looking for opportunities to find a symmetrical or asymmetrical response to Russia’s refusal to join the consensus on the extension of the mandate of the OSCE Observer Mission at the Russian border checkpoints Hukovo and Donetsk on the border with non-government-controlled territories of Ukraine, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said.

"Politically, Russia has taken a step that inflicts a devastating blow on the Minsk agreements, demonstrates that it disregards the logic of the Minsk agreements and the settlement process. Therefore, this topic was the subject of a conversation between President Zelensky and the President of France and the German Chancellor, which took place on Monday. And we are now looking for opportunities to find a symmetrical or asymmetric response to this step," Kuleba said at an online briefing on Wednesday.

The minister also said that he would not expect any activity in the resumption of the work of this mission from the OSCE.

"Last week I was in Warsaw to participate in the Warsaw Security Forum and hold talks with my colleague, the Polish Foreign Minister, and as part of this event, among other things, I had a meeting with the OSCE Secretary General. Actually, I asked her the same question that you just asked me. Unfortunately, she throws up her hands, saying: "What can we do? The OSCE is a consensus organization, Russia has blocked the decision, the story is over," Kuleba said.