German top diplomat suggests sending OSCE observers to Azov Sea | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


German top diplomat suggests sending OSCE observers to Azov Sea

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas suggested expanding the mandate of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to include the Sea of Azov. Maas voiced the proposal during bilateral talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine’s Pavel Klimkin on the sidelines of the OSCE foreign ministers’ meeting in Milan, Italy. "OSCE could play a certain role in monitoring [the Sea of Azov]," the Federal Foreign Office quoted the minister as saying. "I think that the Ukrainian side would consider this rational. The Russian side, on the contrary, is very, very skeptical," the minister told the DPA news agency. The Sea of Azov, shared exclusively by Russia and Ukraine, has come into international spotlight following the November 25 incident, in which Russia had to detain Ukrainian warships that violated its border.

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