Russia counts on Italy's constructive role in settlement in Donbass

The Russian side looks forward to the constructive role of Italy, which is chairing the OSCE in 2018, in helping to resolve the crisis in Donbass, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich stated at a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization. The text of the statement was posted on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday, January 11.

"We fully share your commitment to maintain the OSCE’s efforts to resolve regional conflicts. Above all, this applies to the crisis in Donbass. We look forward to the constructive role of the chairmanship in promoting a peaceful settlement," the diplomat stressed.

According to him, there is needed “all-round support of the Contact Group, as a key format for direct talks between the conflicting parties – Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk.”  

"Full compliance with the Minsk Package of Measures approved by the UN Security Council is the key to restoring peace in Donbass. It is necessary to achieve a ceasefire, withdraw weapons and implement the entire political package which includes providing Donbass with special status, carrying out constitutional reform, and holding amnesty and local elections," Lukashevich said.

In addition, he went on saying that the chairmanship "will need to ensure the truly objective and impartial work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine."

DONi News Agency