Unilateral withdrawal of weapons impossible — Klimkin

The process of withdrawal of heavy weapons in Donbas by Ukrainian army and Russian-backed fighters should be simultaneous and under the OSCE control.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said this on Ukrainian television's Inter Channel, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

"National Security and Defense Council has clearly stated that we are ready for withdrawal [of heavy weapons]. But, of course, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission should report that both sides have started this process. There cannot be unilateral ceasefire, as it was several months ago, when our soldiers died. There cannot be unilateral withdrawal of heavy artillery. This process should be very clear, simultaneous, coordinated and controlled by the OSCE. It is the only way forward," he said.

Klimkin stressed the need to expand the presence of the OSCE mission in the territory controlled by gunmen, answering a question about the presence of Russian troops and equipment in Ukraine.

"We need to increase the presence of the SMM in Donbas, for it to see where there are Russian troops, Russian equipment, and to control this. Information provided by SMM will show the whole world whether Russian troops are there and whether they began withdrawal," Klimkin said.


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