Elmar Brok, MEP from Germany and a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), proposed to significantly strengthen the mandate of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the east of Ukraine. "We need to expand the powers and improve the protection of the OSCE employees, who monitor the compliance with the terms of the armistice," said Brok on Friday, February 20, for the German newspaper Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. He also drew attention to the fact that the members of the OSCE Mission are unarmed and offered to provide them with more drone aircraft.
According to Brok, Russia should promote the empowerment of the OSCE Mission too. If Moscow refuses, it will lose credibility and there will arise the question of how seriously the Kremlin treats the Minsk Agreement, the MEP said. He stressed that Russian President Vladimir Putin should take care that in the coming days heavy weapons are withdrawn from the area of conflict.
In an interview with another German newspaper – Süddeutsche Zeitung – Elmar Brok said that he was respected the call of President Poroshenko to bring international peacekeeping missions under the auspices of the European Union to eastern Ukraine. At the same time he spoke skeptically about the possibility of developing such a mission with the UN mandate. "It is hardly possible, given the fact that Russia has the right of veto," Brok said. And now we must first seek to expand the powers of the OSCE Mission.