The OSCE mission will open its office in Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region, a source in the Rostov regional government told Interfax on Monday.
"Russian Foreign Ministry officials said the OSCE permanent observers would arrive in the Don region on the first days of August 2014 and stay there for at least three months. The mission will have 19 members, including three administrators and 16 monitors. Eight mission members will be deployed at each of the two checkpoints, Donetsk and Gukovo," the regional government said.
A fact finding team which had visited the Rostov region said, "The experts had presented their report to delegates of 57 OSCE member countries," it said.
The team rejected the initial proposal to deploy the monitors in Gukovo or in Donetsk, Rostov region, for various reasons.
The mission will have a sitting at the OSCE Vienna headquarters in which 57 member countries of the organization will choose the time for opening the OSCE office in the Rostov region.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said earlier Moscow had invited OSCE monitors to the Donetsk and Gukovo checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border in a goodwill gesture, without waiting for a ceasefire in southeastern Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sent a relevant letter to Swiss President, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter on July 14. Simultaneously, Russia lodged a draft resolution with the OSCE Permanent Council.
President Vladimir Putin declared a possible invitation of OSCE monitors to checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border at his negotiations with European colleagues.
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