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 conflict.
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”.