Russia ready for compromise on arming additional OSCE monitors in Donbas with firearms - Lavrov

Russia is ready for a compromise on providing additional OSCE monitors on the line of contact in Donbas with personal firearms, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"We would be ready to agree to provide additional monitors with personal firearms, but this draws objections from a lot of OSCE members," Lavrov said in an interview shown in a Saturday news program hosted by Sergei Brilev on Rossiya-1 (VGTRK) television channel.

"I'll repeat, we are ready for such a compromise. The matter depends on other of our partners," Lavrov said.

He suggested that OSCE monitors could be armed with pistols for self-defense purposes.

At the same time, "the record of such procedures under the OSCE and UN auspices shows that unarmed monitors are often better protected than those carrying personal firearms," he said.

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