Latvia increases size of OSCE Ukraine observer mission

On 25 September 2018, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved the posting of civilian Oļegs Lagutins to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. As soon as he joins the team, there will be eight Latvian civilian monitors on the OSCE SMM to Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.

Latvia has been taking part in the mission’s work since its deployment in 2014. The main objective of the mission is to observe and report in an impartial and objective way on the situation in Ukraine. There is no progress in the fulfilment of the Minsk agreements, and the security situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions remains unstable. The presence of the OCSE mission is essential for monitoring the fulfilment of the Minsk agreements.

Latvia supports the efforts of reform and stabilisation in Ukraine, including by providing its civilian experts for the European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform in Ukraine and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. Latvia has also made voluntary contributions of EUR 97,000 to the OSCE SMM Ukraine.


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