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28 June 201422:00

Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the liberation of OSCE observers in the East of Ukraine

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We welcome the liberation of the observers from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, including the Russian national S.Sidorov.

This has mainly come about as a result of the personal appeal by the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia, who appointed the Metropolitan Mercury of Rostov and Novocherkassk as a contact person on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church.

In addition to that, the direct appeal of the OSCE mission leaders to the representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk popular republics, who conducted direct negotiations with the individuals, who were detaining the OSCE observers, played a significant role. In this regard, we note that their liberation took place without preconditions orstipulations.

Russia constantly appealed for the immediate liberation of the observers. In doingso, it is because we believe that it is unacceptable to prevent the activities of and threaten the security of OSCE observers. We expect that the fact of their liberation creates the necessary conditions to continue the implementation of the tasks of monitoring the situation in Ukraine by the OSCE mission, presenting objective and exhaustive reports, as well as assisting in the de-escalation of tensions in the country, incl. using the "roadmap" of the Swiss presidency of the OSCE and the Geneva Statement of the 17 April.

28 June 2014

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