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  • Affiliation : Department of European Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
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MOSCOW, OCTOBER 2, 2015. PIR PRESS – “The OSCE finally works as it should have always been working. Its real time civic activity meets our interests, and during the latest operation the member states not only participate but bear equal responsibility for it. What the OSCE is doing at the moment meets our interests” – Andrey Kelin, Director of the Department for European Co-operation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

The Security Index journal editor-in-chief, Olga Mostinskaya interviewed the director of the Department for European Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Andrey Kelin who recently ended his mission as the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The full text of the interview is available on the PIR Center’s website (in Russian) and will be published in No. 3 (114) issue of the journal.

The high-ranking diplomatic official covered in detail the history of the Russian-Western different formats interaction, OSCE’s role and responsibilities, and made a point of the pass of the OSCE Chairmanship to Germany. He also commented on the work of the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). In Kelin’s opinion, ODIHR observation work is possible at the elections in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts if the parties manage to reach an agreement on that issue at the Normandy format meeting held on October 2.

“The observation usually takes place only at presidential and parliamentary elections. The additional budget was set aside for the observation in this case with no indication of particular work to be done. I cannot say that the Ukrainian officials abandoned the idea and that they won’t send the invitation. There is place for a compromise. If there is an agreement that the elections at certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are held on the basis of the Ukrainian legislation and upon consultation with the locals, then ODIHR observation mission is possible” the diplomat mentioned. He stressed that the Office usually doesn’t observe regional elections.

The final decision on the elections monitoring is to be made one of these days. “That will be the focus of the next Normandy format meeting on October 2. Luhansk representatives accepted two-phase elections – the first phase to be held on October 1, the second – in February. I don’t have the full knowledge of the situation, that is the part of flexible negotiation process” – the former Russian Permanent Representative to the OSCE said.

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