OSCE refutes claims that number of Russian observers in SMM doubled

09:40, 03 October 2017
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has denied claims by First Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada and Ukraine's humanitarian envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group for Donbas Settlement Iryna Gerashchenko that the number of Russian representatives in the Mission doubled over the past year.

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According to the Mission's statement, the number of Russians has even decreased over the said period.

Read alsoOSCE reports presence of over 180 tanks, howitzers in occupied Donbas"OSCE SMM observers are recruited from all 44 member countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, one of which is Russia, providing 35 observers (it was 39 observers a year ago). Most of the SMM observers come from the EU states (339). In addition, the Mission employs 373 Ukrainian staff," the OSCE SMM wrote on Facebook.

Read alsoKremlin says no plans for Normandy Four meeting"The SMM calls on all those who comment on or write about it to first contact the Mission to establish the facts and avoid incorrect or unfounded statements," the Mission wrote.

As UNIAN reported earlier, MP Iryna Gerashchenko said that the number of Russian citizens in the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Donbas had doubled.

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