OSCE chief saw no Russian troops in Ukraine's east

Lamberto Zannier, the secretary general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said on Friday he had not seen Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.

Lamberto Zannier, the secretary general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said on Friday he had not seen Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.

Commenting the new settlement agreements reached on Thursday in Minsk, Zannier said they are the best of existing opportunities to put an end to the conflict in Ukraine's east. However, he said, pullback of heavy weapons does not mean demilitarization of the conflict zone. The Organisation will specify locations, to where the weapons will be taken.

Representatives of the OSCE said during discussions of implementation of the agreements they are ready to provide general monitoring at the border between Ukraine and Russia if their security is guaranteed.

First published by TASS.

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