OSCE supports Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty
Speaking on behalf of the Polish chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a Polish deputy foreign minister has described Russia's actions towards Ukraine as a blatant violation of international law and OSCE obligations.
In a statement published on Tuesday following a Monday extraordinary meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, convened by Poland at Ukraine's request, Marcin Przydacz expressed solidarity and support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Poland currently holds the OSCE chairmanship.
Przydacz stated that Russia's actions violated the fundamental principles of international law and OSCE obligations, which "Russia has approved and agreed to observe."
"The decision taken by (Russian President - PAP) Vladimir Putin means that Russia has rejected its obligations stemming from the Minsk Agreements," he was quoted as saying.
Przydacz added that Russia had also undermined OSCE efforts aimed at solving the conflict in Ukraine, especially within the existing formats, with the leading role of the Trilateral Contact Group.
President Putin signed a decree on Monday recognising the self-declared 'people's republics' of Luhansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine as independent states, and there are now reports that Russian troops have entered eastern Ukraine.
On Tuesday, President Putin got the green light from his upper house of parliament on Tuesday to deploy Russian military forces to two separatist-held regions of eastern Ukraine for what lawmakers said would be a "peacekeeping" mission.