Lavrov calls on OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to switch to round-the-clock monitoring of some contact line sections

Russia insists on improving the efficiency of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) monitoring in Ukraine in terms of the observance of the military provisions of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine and believes the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission's patrols should switch to round-the-clock operations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"It is necessary to improve the efficiency of the monitoring primarily concerning the military part of the February 12 Minsk agreements as much as possible. To this end, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission should switch to round-the-clock work at the most important sections of the [contact] line," Lavrov said at a press conference in Slovakia on Saturday.

At the same time, the minister said incidents and exchanges of fire at the line of contact are continuing on both sides.

"It is not enough just to say how long the truce will continue, because the Minsk agreements are comprehensive in nature," Lavrov said, adding that the truce in Ukraine should last forever.


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