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Kremlin: Deployment of OSCE armed mission not discussed in Berlin

The Normandy Four leaders did not discuss the deployment of the OSCE armed mission at the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border, and Russian President Vladimir Putin gave only a "potential agreement," press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov said, answering a question of an UNIAN correspondent in Russia.

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"As for some kind of an OSCE 'armed' police mission -- I want to emphasize that only small firearms were discussed -- indeed, President Putin responded with a potential agreement to the eventual idea of [deploying] such a mission," Peskov said.

"But the fact is that this is just the eventual talks. So far, there is no mission and no understanding by the OSCE how this mission can be formed and where to deploy it, and so on. There were no talks about this, and they could not be carried out because it is a very substantive discussion, which depends on many factors," he said.

Normandy format allows Putin withdraw from Donbas conflict - Russian expertPeskov said that "in general, everyone agreed with the potential idea of deploying such a mission if necessary, but it is not yet filled with specific content."

Answering the clarifying question of an UNIAN correspondent, whether Moscow would agree to the deployment of the OSCE armed mission at the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border, Peskov said: "Nobody has said where such a mission could be deployed, [as] it does not exist yet."

As UNIAN reported earlier, on October 19 talks were held in Berlin between President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Poroshenko sums up Normandy Four talks in Berlin (full text of briefing)At a briefing following the talks, Poroshenko said that the Normandy Four leaders had approved French and German proposals for the base of the roadmap for the implementation of Minsk agreements.

Also, the Ukrainian president said that Russia supported the need for the deployment of an armed OSCE police mission in Donbas.

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