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Speech by Alexander Kelin, Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE, at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, Vienna, April 30, 2014

Dear Mr. Chairman,

We are grateful to Ambassador H. Bishevich for the report, in particular for the recommendations. Of course, they will require a certain adjustment to rapidly changing realities. But their essence is correct.

We fully support the conclusion that launching a broad inclusive national dialogue in the framework of the constitutional process involving all political forces in Ukraine, including popular movements, is the key to de-escalating the crisis in Ukraine.

We agree that the OSCE should promote dialogue in order to ease tensions at the local level. This is explicitly stated in the mandate of the Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. The Geneva Statement is also mentioned, which instructs the SMM to play a leading role in de-escalation measures.

We are confident that the OSCE should use all available opportunities for de-declaration, including assistance in promoting dialogue. Those who are trying to deprive the OSCE of this key function purposefully undermine the prospects for normalization.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that all conflicting parties should sit down at the negotiating table, respect the Geneva agreements. The main thing is a dialogue and find a compromise.

Our partners now complained that supposedly there was no one to engage in dialogue. Of course, if you put in prison all representatives of the protest movement who are able to act as real leaders, represent the interests of the people of their regions. The authorities in Kiev should release people from prisons whom the people in Ukraine trust, chooses them as leaders, we need to start a direct dialogue with these people.

Establishing a national dialogue, as the practice of the UN, other international organizations, and the OSCE itself has already repeatedly confirmed, is an essential condition for the success of the efforts of the international community in support of resolving intra-state conflicts, including armed conflicts. It should not be forgotten that negotiations between the opposing sides, and in the absence of even a formal cease-fire, played a key role in achieving peace in El Salvador and Guatemala, Ireland, i.e. all over the world. I recall that only dialogue and difficult negotiations allowed, in the end, to stop the bloodshed and create the prerequisites for peace in the Balkans.

In each case, the international community has sought appropriate forms of facilitating dialogue between the opposing parties. Many sitting in this room have repeatedly urged that the OSCE mediation capacity be strengthened so that the Organization can help resolve crises through helping to establish a dialogue between the parties, national reconciliation and promoting confidence building measures in countries in crisis.

We are convinced that this logic should be followed in Ukrainian affairs. That is why Russia supported the inclusion in the Geneva Statement of 17 of April of a clear provision on the need for the early launch of a national dialogue in the framework of the constitutional process. Only a direct conversation between those who are now in power in Kiev and representatives of political and popular movements in all regions of the country, primarily in the south-east, can be the key to resolving the crisis. The OSCE, first of all the Special Monitoring Mission, should help them in this. This is one of the provisions of its mandate, which we adopted on April 21.

A number of our partners at meetings of the Permanent Council and in ringing statements in the media are trying to present the matter as if the Geneva Statement relates to two parties - those who seized power in Kiev, on the one hand, and Russia, on the other. This is completely untrue. These are attempts to alter the essence of the agreements in Geneva. They will not help to achieve a solution to the internal crisis of Ukraine. Once again we recall that the agreed de-escalation measures should be implemented by the “Ukrainian authorities and people in the field” themselves, as indicated in the statement. To ask the Russian Federation to do everything that is required for the Kiev authorities is unproductive.

With regard to appeals at the highest level for the implementation of the Geneva Declaration. We have repeatedly, before and after the meeting in Geneva, called for the organization of a normal inclusive political process and constitutional reform in Ukraine. Many times, even before the February events in Kiev, we called on our partners to resolutely condemn the ultra-radicals, including openly nationalist movements, such as the Right Sector and similar formations. However, besides the endless demands on Moscow, which are also accompanied by threats of sanction, neither we nor the main thing - protesting activists from the east and south-east of Ukraine, who disagree with the current Kiev authorities, heard this. All the fire of criticism and political pressure is still directed only at those who disagree with Kiev. At the same time, everything that has led people in Donetsk, Lugansk and other cities to the extreme form of protest is ignored. And there the protest movement is getting wider every day. Look impartially at yesterday's events in Lugansk. To ignore this is meaningless and dangerous, first of all, for the Kiev leaders themselves.

Media reports give reason to talk about mass persecution of dissidents, political persecution and repression against anyone who dares to express disagreement with the authorities of the “Maidan”. Far from the only political prisoner of the Kiev regime "People’s Governor of Donbass" Pavel Gubarev is already behind bars for two months. By the way weapons in the hands he did not take. We believe that an important part of our common efforts to promote de-escalation in Ukraine should be the cessation of such political repression against dissidents.
Dear Mr. Chairman,

I would like to draw attention to some aspects of the election campaign in Ukraine. There were only two candidates representing the interests of the southeast. But they almost do not give a campaign. They are discriminated against and beaten. The outrageous incident occurred in Kherson with presidential candidate Mikhail Dobkin. A group of armed people, which, according to various information, included representatives of the “right sector”, “Maidan” and “self-defense” of the city, blocked the plane right on the runway, forcing him to leave Kherson and refuse to meet with voters. Another prominent presidential candidate, Oleg Tsarev, was forced to refuse to participate in the election campaign because of the constant threats to his security and the impossibility of communicating the concerns of the south-east of Ukraine to the Kiev authorities within its framework.

But in Western Ukraine, ideological heirs of the division of the Waffen-SS "Galicia" march unhindered. Almost all Russian TV channels are still disabled in the country, journalists are regularly delayed and sent. At the same time, media reports about the forced construction of large temporary detention centers for thousands of people in Ukraine, allegedly to house illegal migrants, are of utmost concern. This number of illegal immigrants in Ukraine is not. The question involuntarily arises whether it is not planned to drive over dissenting citizens from the south-eastern regions of the country.

All this testifies to the urgent need for real, and not cosmetic steps on the part of the Kiev authorities to meet the wishes of people who also want to decide their own destiny. We need not statements of intent, but practical actions to establish a national dialogue that would correct the situation, return it to the political field.

It requires the immediate disarmament of all armed formations, above all, the militants of the Right Sector, the earliest start of an inclusive constitutional process with the real participation of all regions of Ukraine. The result of such a process would be the adoption of a constitution acceptable to all regions of Ukraine without exception.

For our part, we intend to further promote the de-escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. We presume that all violence should be stopped, any extremism should be rejected, illegal armed groups and, above all, Right Sector militants who threaten the lives of people should be disarmed.

Dear Mr. Chairman,

In connection with the concerns expressed by a number of ambassadors about the “destabilizing exercises” being conducted by Russia on the border with Ukraine, I would like to refer to the statement of the RF Minister of Defense S.K.Shoigu. On the Russian national territory in the regions adjacent to the border with Ukraine, military exercises were indeed conducted. This was due to the large concentration of troops in the south-east of Ukraine under the pretext of combating terrorism. The decision on this has been made public. However, as soon as the Ukrainian authorities declared no intention to use regular military units against the unarmed population, the Russian units were returned deep into the territory of the Russian Federation to the places of their permanent deployment. Everything that was conducted at these exercises does not carry any threat to other countries, including Ukraine.

I would like to emphasize, in addition to the widespread statement, that we, in the light of the above, especially see no point in convening a joint meeting of the forum and the Permanent Council on Chapter III of the Vienna Document today.

Our actions to resolve the situation with the detention of a group of military observers in Slavyansk will be continued. Speaking in Minsk yesterday, President Vladimir Putin condemned the detention of military observers and expressed the hope that this conflict would be resolved and they would be able to leave the territory where they are now without hindrance.

We intend to continue to provide the necessary support to the work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

I will not comment on the speech of the American speaker. It is malicious, rude, does not contain any constructive proposals, even on the topic of the national dialogue, which was discussed today. Therefore, I do not see any meaning in it.

In conclusion, I would like to once again stress the need to immediately launch a broad national dialogue with the participation of all regions and political groups of Ukraine. I would also like to note that what we hear is a repetition of what we heard the day before yesterday, on Monday. No new facts, no developments, no fresh thoughts. In my opinion, such Post-Councils do not help the cause.

Thank you.
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  1. Semen Semyonitch
    Semen Semyonitch 1 May 2014 06: 46
    "... extreme concern is caused by reports in the media about the forced construction in Ukraine of large temporary detention facilities for thousands of people, allegedly to accommodate illegal migrants. There is no such number of illegal immigrants in Ukraine. Involuntarily the question arises whether it is planned to drive dissenting fellow citizens from the southeastern regions of the country. "

    Do not dig another hole, it may come in handy ...
    1. Ruslan67
      Ruslan67 1 May 2014 06: 49
      Quote: Semyon Semyonich
      Do not dig another hole, it may come in handy ...

      And 600 kilometers are not many for these creatures? Maybe it's time in the depths?
      1. delfinN
        delfinN 1 May 2014 07: 30
        The European Union filed a lawsuit with the European Court demanding to recover from Russia the amount of damage incurred by the European Union from the introduction of sanctions against Russia.
        1. mad
          mad 1 May 2014 07: 41
          Yeah, the ears are already frostbitten, mom is now to blame and pays the doctors for the treatment of a bad child ?! That's just Russia you are not a bastard mom!
        2. Dezinto
          Dezinto 1 May 2014 08: 17
          WHAT? Thank you for quoting this insanity, and it's too lazy to read everything .. BALIN, what they carry, and this is not dill? ?!, EU says THIS! Kapets, as their marmosity and arrogance grows stronger !!, honestly, I am in Akuy.
        3. blackberry
          blackberry 1 May 2014 15: 31
          it's straight ... credited. It seems that there is nowhere to fall further - no, they almost hit the bottom with their foreheads ... It seems from consumer technologies - to buy, step from the instructions, screw up the thing and sue the manufacturer, they say, it is necessary to explain better. Not exactly, but it seems.
    2. dmitriygorshkov
      dmitriygorshkov 1 May 2014 07: 40
      Quote: Semyon Semyonich
      the construction in Ukraine of large temporary detention facilities

      I'm afraid these buildings will be needed in any situation!
      Their mother freed !!!
  2. kartalovkolya
    kartalovkolya 1 May 2014 06: 53
    Of course, everything is correct in this speech, but it is doubtful whether our voice will be heard? One got the impression that the OSCE has long turned into an organization serving the interests of the United States and its vassals, so one cannot expect an adequate response from them. Most likely it will be necessary to carry out an operation in Ukraine "to enforce peace" in relation to the Bandera junta!
    1. Semen Semyonitch
      Semen Semyonitch 1 May 2014 06: 56
      Quote: kartalovkolya
      The impression was that the OSCE had long turned into an organization serving the interests of the United States and its vassals

      So this is no longer an impression, IT IS A FACT !!!
    2. ReifA
      ReifA 1 May 2014 07: 14
      The main thing here is that at least something should flow into the press, the Internet. Ordinary people, all over the world, rarely reach the position of Russia. Participation in such forums is for the good rather than the detriment, provided that Russia is not insulted in the forums.
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  4. fvandaku
    fvandaku 1 May 2014 07: 00
    Yes, insanity is growing stronger, it is time to change the Cossack-Slavs. And then there soon the concentration camps will begin to build according to the example of the USA.
  5. andrei332809
    andrei332809 1 May 2014 07: 05
    I will not comment on the speech of the American speaker. It is vicious, rude, does not contain any constructive proposals,

    great attached good
    1. SPACE
      SPACE 1 May 2014 08: 29
      Quote: andrei332809
      I will not comment on the speech of the American speaker. It’s spiteful, rude, does not contain any constructive suggestions, it’s great

      The unrestrained psychosis of some representatives, let us note, of the highest governing body of the United States, not anywhere else, but at official meetings of the United Nations, the OSCE as a whole, indicates that they no longer have any reasonable strategy, and all their actions are poorly thought out and forced, failure which is obvious and confirmed by such attacks. Sanctions, various exceptions and delusions, absolutely contradicting the reality of the statement, indicate that they are trying to use their influence and forceful pressure on partners whose ultimate goal is to isolate Russia from the world community and deprive it of a platform for dialogue and cooperation. Like they were offended, “don’t play my toys and don’t pee in my pot” looks like this behavior is really somehow childishly stupid, which is a very dangerous phenomenon, because it forces them to move more and more from international law when solving problems and use secret ones more and more manipulations to arouse natural contradictions in different parts of the world, this is what Hitler did when retreating, the tactics of the invaded earth. Perfectly understanding the cynicism of their actions, but they convince and justify themselves with their own exclusiveness and correctness, but what else remains for them? When a scribe looms before their face ...
      Z.Y. Who knows, maybe for them Berezina and Stalingrad is the lesser of two evils ....
      1. Thompson
        Thompson 1 May 2014 12: 19
        The behavior of Amer diplomats very clearly shows that they have panic, hysteria. Hence the overheating in my head (I’m silent about brains already) and all that verbal and practical stream of insanity
  6. vladsolo56
    vladsolo56 1 May 2014 07: 07
    What kind of dialogue is it all about? with whom to conduct a dialogue? Any dialogue with the Nazis will necessarily end with repression on their part, or maybe for someone else this is a secret. Or maybe someone believes that what is called power in Kiev will fight against fascism, well, or let's say so with nationalism? Yes, after any negotiations and agreements, there will immediately be arrests and trials. Any dialogue can be started only in two cases: the first return of the political situation to the period of November 2013, the second creation in the east of an equal political rights and power component of a political entity. When, on the one hand, all the force of police and military pressure, on the other hand, is only demonstrations and a small militia, any peace agreement will be nothing more than a farce.
  7. Dimy4
    Dimy4 1 May 2014 07: 09
    An interesting reaction to this statement. Isn’t it such that they say, guys, do not pay attention to everything normally, as it was intended.
  8. mamont5
    mamont5 1 May 2014 07: 17
    "I will not comment on the speech of the American speaker. It is malicious, rude, does not contain any constructive proposals, even on the topic of the national dialogue, which was discussed today. Therefore, I do not see any sense in it."

    So the Americans themselves are already outraged by the actions of their government. Here is a speech by ex-congressman Ron Paul.
    "The ex-congressman called the US sanctions against Russia an act of aggression.
    The United States, instead of resorting to an act of aggression and imposing sanctions against Russia, should develop trade and economic relations with Moscow, said ex-congressman Ron Paul, one of the main modern conservative ideologists in the United States, in an interview with British Channel 4.
    “The introduction of economic sanctions is an act of aggression against another state. This, of course, is not dropping bombs, but in essence it is aggression, "- said Paul, explaining his thought:" When two countries start a war, one of the first steps is to block trade, movement of goods and services. "
  9. Name
    Name 1 May 2014 07: 18
    All is said to be true, only in Kiev they’re in power Inadequate , - bringing the Armed Forces of Ukraine in full readiness for proof how to dialogue with them recourse if only in the presence of psychiatrists.
  10. delfinN
    delfinN 1 May 2014 07: 26
    "I will not comment on the speech of the American speaker. It is spiteful, rude, does not contain any constructive proposals, even on the topic of the national dialogue, which was discussed today. Therefore, I do not see any ..."
  11. Giant thought
    Giant thought 1 May 2014 07: 31
    Correctly conveyed our understanding of the situation.
  12. dojjdik
    dojjdik 1 May 2014 07: 37
    it is necessary to get out of these sects under the name of the OSCE and the UN; and all this crazy talk is useless; Did the UN save us from the destruction of the USSR or maybe from the dismemberment of Yugoslavia or save Libya; and how many military conflicts, including in Russia; how many lives in Moldova, Karabakh, Kyrgyzstan - and now Ukraine; what did these sectarians from the UN and the OSCE do, and not a damn thing
    1. 1 May 2014 07: 54
      Quote: dojjdik
      we must get out of these sects under the name of the OSCE and the UN;

      I do not agree, you must have a legal opportunity to bring your point of view to them.
  13. visitor
    visitor 1 May 2014 07: 41
    Impostors are sitting in Kiev, power is illegitimate
  14. shelva
    shelva 1 May 2014 07: 58
    Quote: kartalovkolya
    it is doubtful whether our voice will be heard?

    And there is nothing to think - they will not hear, as always. We are guilty of all troubles because we are Russia.
  15. Grenz
    Grenz 1 May 2014 07: 59
    The play is played according to the scenario of Hitler coming to power:
    1. Beer riots in Germany ------------- Maidan in Ukraine
    2. Formation of Romm fighters --------- Organization of the Right Sector
    3. Ignited the Reichstag and the trial of Dimitrov ---------- Judgment of Gubarev
    4. Torchlight processions and pogroms of Jews and Communists - The same
    5. Establishment of "re-education" camps ---------------- Ditto
    6. The tacit consent of the world elite ---------------- The same
    7. Backstage deals of German and American
    capitalists to strengthen the German Wehrmacht ------- We began with humanitarian rations, now more and more seriously
    8. Pushing Hitler to march to the East --- Shifting responsible to Russia
    9. Holding the Olympics in fascist Germany --- Sabotage of the Olympics in Russia
    10. Active discussion of the legitimacy of borders --- Not recognition of the decision on the Crimea

    It just so immediately came to mind, and if you think about it, then the similarities between the scenarios of Hitler's rise to power and the fascist coup in Ukraine surprisingly coincide. And the puppeteers, after all, are the same - the Anglo-Saxons.
    1. Oprychnik
      Oprychnik 1 May 2014 08: 25
      The tacit consent of the world elite ---------------- The same
      Here I do not agree with you. It is not silent at all. Just choked in hysteria.
    2. Vasyan1971
      Vasyan1971 1 May 2014 20: 41
      Yes Yes. Only the whole Kiev Maidan gang in soles, not good memory for Aloizych, is not good. Neither in charisma (what to do, the Reich Chancellor had such), nor in scope (which, in fact, cannot but rejoice). As they say, both the pipe is lower and the smoke is thinner. Although, of course, those bastards are still ...
  16. koshh
    koshh 1 May 2014 08: 10
    Quote: "But in Western Ukraine, the ideological heirs of the Waffen-SS Galicia division march unhindered."
    And all the OSCE, with these words, bashfully lowers its eyes, and like real diplomats - not a single emotion on their faces. Talk to them that throw beads in front of pigs.
  17. sv68
    sv68 1 May 2014 08: 23
    Russia, as always, demonstrates complete readiness for negotiations, but what will they say in response to us and how will the OSCE behave? This will determine the attitude of the OSCE to our proposals.
  18. Dezinto
    Dezinto 1 May 2014 08: 24
    Quote: koshh
    And all the OSCE, with these words, bashfully lowers its eyes, and like real diplomats - not a single emotion on their faces.

    And at the UN at meetings the same garbage! How annoying it is. Churkin clarifies them on the shelves, on the fingers, and they know their do-do-be-be-be. Balin Europe, open your eyes, you do not condemn those, nor look there. Or, again, they just want a new Hitler, or they are falling apart, they are mired in Arabs ... can they have such a plan ?, will the new third Reich come from Ukraine and put things in order !? Damn and funny and very scary it!
  19. Stavros
    Stavros 1 May 2014 08: 24
    Neither PACE nor the OSCE, especially no sanctions and resolutions, are able to stop the mess in Ukraine. The collapse of the country is already underway, the main thing is to prevent a lot of bloodshed.
  20. Alexey N
    Alexey N 1 May 2014 08: 41
    Conversation with the wall. The West is not interested in what Russia says. The West is a sum of states hostile to the Russian people, and not a "magistrate."
  21. mdwspb
    mdwspb 1 May 2014 12: 03
    I wonder what funds are being used to build "temporary detention facilities" for a large number of visitors?