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Germany offers to extend OSCE SMM mandate to Sea of Azov

Germany offers to extend OSCE SMM mandate to Sea of Azov

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Heiko Maas, the German Foreign Minister offered to extend the mandate of OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine to the Sea of Azov. He claimed this during the 25th OSCE ministerial session in Milan, as Zeit quoted him.  
'It's not going to be so simple (...) I guess it's good for Ukraine, but the Russian side is quite skeptical', Maas said. 
The Ministry's offer should be discussed on Tuesday, December 11, when the Ukrainian and the Russian delegates are to negotiate, with Germany and France being the mediators.
Currently, OSCE observers are in eastern Ukraine, where they monitor the observation of Minsk agreements.
Earlier, the Ukrainian delegation in Minks trilateral contact group urged the OSCE SMM to start a boosted monitoring of the Azov Sea waters and the adjacent territories due to the Russian military provocation.
‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message. 

It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements. 
The Ukrainian Navy states that 'the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements.' Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law. 
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