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A follow-up meeting on the Minsk accords has urged to boost the number of OSCE observers in eastern Ukraine and prolong their mission, said Grigory Karasin, Russia’s deputy foreign minister. Kiev’s idea of sending peacekeepers did not gain much support.
“Ukraine’s authorities often cannot deliver on what was agreed in Minsk,” Karasin said after the meeting. “We are worried that the launch of the political process is being delayed, while the social and economic conditions deteriorate.”
“We’d like much quicker progress,” he added.
Karasin was speaking after the meeting of the representatives of the ‘Normandy Four’ group – Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany, which took place in Berlin on Friday. Conducted at the level of top diplomats, the forum is referred to as the contact group.