Supplies of foreign weapons to Ukraine to seriously complicate situation in Donbass, says Russian diplomat

Moscow is critical about Kiev's requests for foreign weapons, Russian permanent envoy to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich said.

Moscow is critical about Kiev's requests for foreign weapons, Russian permanent envoy to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich said.

"We've regularly heard about requests for shipping foreign weapons to Ukraine. The implementation of these plans would be a dangerous and a provoking factor capable of seriously complicating the situation in the conflict area," the Russian Foreign Ministry quoted Lukashevich as saying at an OSCE Permanent Council meeting dealing with Ukraine.

"Everyone who is interested in peace in Ukraine should do their utmost to consolidate the ceasefire in Donbas and prevent armed clashes, not to mention the shelling of residential neighborhoods," he said.

"We are calling on the SMM [Special Monitoring Mission] to patrol the security area more actively, including with the purpose of producing a deterring effect and preventing acts of provocation," Lukashevich said.

"It is necessary to continue without interruptions to fulfill the additional agreement on withdrawing tanks and weapons smaller than 100mm in caliber, and to ensure the necessary verification of the process by SMM monitors," he said.

"The full withdrawal of heavy weapons in keeping with Clause 2 of the Package of Measures is also essential. The verification of the lists of tanks' and artillery guns' inventory numbers and the examination of storage sites are not enough," Lukashevich added.

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