Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Nikonorova said the withdrawal of US and British personnel from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Eastern Ukraine creates the possibility of information manipulation.
“These two countries (the United States and the United Kingdom) are asking their monitors to leave (…) that is, these countries are now (…) in a position where they can declare that they have no information or that the information is not,” he told Russian Network 24, citing Sputnik. reliable, and noted that this fact creates “room for manipulation of information.”
The chancellor of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who seceded in 2014, emphasized that the US and UK decision was likely to be strategic, adding that in this way Washington and London were creating “a home for tensions” over Ukraine.
But he stressed that the departure of the American and British observers is not a disaster because they will be replaced by other countries.
As Deputy Democratic Republic of the Congo Vladislav Berdishevsky previously told Sputnik, the American, British and Danish members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine have already left eastern Ukraine.
In this context, the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern over this decision and urged the mission’s officials to put an end to attempts to manipulate it.
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Tensions over Ukraine have been exacerbated in recent months by the massing of Russian forces near the Ukrainian border, which the West interprets as preparations for a possible invasion.
Russia rejects these suspicions and defends the right to transfer troops within its territory as it sees fit and accuses NATO of looking for pretexts to place more military equipment near the Russian borders. (blameable)