OSCE Chairman, Foreign Minister of Austria Sebastian Kurz is in favor of expanding the OSCE SMM monitoring in Donbas, namely observation at night, according to his statements during a joint press-conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on 18 January, "UNIAN" reports.
"As for monitors' access: the more extensive access they would have to the region's territory, the more and better they will be able to perform their tasks. I think the extension of the SMM's activity to evening and night hours would improve the situation in general," Kurtz said.
The Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, expressed interest in strengthening security measures for international observers in Donbas and supported the idea to allow OSCE staff to carry personal weapons.
"We are ready to increase the number of monitors along the contact line and at storage sites, to introduce their round-the-clock presence, and allow monitors to carry personal firearms," the Russian minister said.
Earlier QHA reported that the US Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel Baer at the OSCE meeting in Vienna said that the separatists and the Russian military in ORDLO denied the round-the-clock security guarantees for the observers, which enables the Russian Federation to transfer personnel and weapons across the border at night.