Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria Sebastian Kurz paid a visit to Ukraine on 16-17 January 2017.
In the course of the visit Sebastian Kurz held the meetings with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andrii Parubii and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin.
During the meeting of Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE with President of Ukraine, the Head of State expressed confidence that today, when Russia is brutally violating obligations within the Organization, Austria, as the country presiding in the OSCE, would be guided by the necessity of restoring respect to the rule of law, particularly to the principles of the Helsinki Final Act.
“We must make Russia clearly understand that it will not avoid liability for blatant disregard for norms and principles of international law, and its hopes for easing the pressure of sanctions are vain,” the President emphasized.
The Head of State praised the intention of the Austrian chairmanship to increase technical capabilities of the OSCE SMM. This is crucially important for controlling compliance with the ceasefire regime and recording the facts of supply of Russian weaponry and servicemen in Donbas.
The President noted that the resolution of the situation in Donbas required the whole potential of the OSCE. In this context, further consideration of the issue of deployment of the OSCE armed police mission in the region initiated by the German chairmanship has the key importance.
The President urged the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to respond by all possible means to the violation of rights of Ukrainian citizens in the occupied territories by Moscow and facilitate liberation of political prisoners illegally detained by Russia and hostages in Donbas.
The negotiation agenda with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin included issues related to efforts of the 2017 OSCE Chairmanship aimed at resolving the crisis in and around Ukraine, including deployment of the OSCE police mission in the certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, strengthening the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission capacities to ensure effective monitoring and verification of the Minsk agreements implementation as well as further cooperation within the military-political, economic and human dimensions of the OSCE.
The Ukrainian side also urged the Austrian Chairmanship to exert maximum efforts to enable release of all Ukrainian hostages, including those that held illegally on the territory of the Russian Federation.
Ukraine stated its readiness to provide full support to efforts of the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship aimed at restoring respect to the OSCE fundamental principles and commitments, that constitute a basis of the OSCE and are essential for strengthening peace and security at the European continent.