The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine have decided to extend the mandate of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Ukraine for another year, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has announced on Twitter.
The minister urged the OSCE members to provide the necessary equipment and more observers for the eastern Ukraine.
The current OSCE mandate in Ukraine expires at the end of March 2015.
"The foreign ministries, through our deputies and department directors, will continue tracking the process, will watch how the Contact Group is implementing what was agreed upon on February 12, and send appropriate political impulses, if need be, to prevent the process from stalling in one of these directions," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Paris on Tuesday after meeting his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts.
Russian military experts point out a number of key flaws in the new deal.
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