Minister of Defence of Ukraine held talks with
Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan.
The parties discussed the situation in the east
of Ukraine and work of the OSCE Mission.
The Minister of Defence of Ukraine stressed the
importance of cooperation with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission
to Ukraine in the context of fragile security environment.
General Stepan Poltorak
stressed that the Ukrainian army observed the Minsk agreements and emphasized
that the diplomatic settlement was the only way out of the Donbas
Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan thanked the President of Ukraine, Government,
Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and Ukrainian soldiers for cooperation
and underscored that the Mission staff felt support and care.
“The ceasefire is a precondition for peace. Our
primary task is to make peace in Donbas,” Ambassador Apakan said, “Good communication with Ukrainian soldiers
is very important for monitors in Donbas”.
The Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring
Mission to Ukraine underscored the concept of monitors work would
be changed, “We plan to expand geography of our mission,
increase the number of the Mission staff in the conflict area and
we will diversify activities”.
“The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine
is a partner of the OSCE SMM and we are ready for
cooperation and constructive work”, Stepan Poltorak underlined, “We’re sure that the diplomatic
settlement is the only way out of any conflicts”.