Special Monitoring Mission

ForMin Aurescu pleads for increased presence of Romanian experts in leadership positions at the OSCE

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu on Monday had a meeting in Vienna with the Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Thomas Greminger, in which context he pleaded for an increased presence of the Romanian experts in leadership positions at the OSCE, informs a release sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) to AGERPRES.

Ambassador Halit Çevik appointed as chief of OSCE’s monitoring mission for Ukraine

Ambassador Halit Çevik has been appointed as Turkey's candidate for chief monitor of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine following a selection process from among six candidates.

Senior official Ciamba reaffirms Romania's commitment to supporting efforts to strengthen OSCE role

Secretary of State with Romania's Foreign Ministry (MAE) George Ciamba on Tuesday welcomed ambassador Marcel Pesko, Director of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) Conflict Prevention Center, to reconfirm Romania's decision to remain an active OSCE member.

OSCE staff member killed by landmine in east Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said yesterday one of its staff was killed after an observer mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in rebel-held east Ukraine.

It marked the first loss for the security body's Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine since Europe's only war began more than three years ago.

Turkish foreign minister set to visit Ukraine

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will pay a visit to Ukraine on Feb. 9 and 10 on the occasion of the fifth meeting of the Joint Strategic Planning Group, a Foreign Ministry statement said on Feb. 8. 

Çavuşoğlu and his Ukrainian counterpart, Pavlo Klimkin, will review all dimensions of bilateral relations and discuss new cooperation opportunities, the statement said.

Renewed Escalation of Fighting in Ukraine Violates Minsk Ceasefire - EU

In a statement of its spokesperson, the European External Action Service (EEAS) noted on Tuesday that the renewed escalation of violence in Ukraine violated the spirit and letter of the Minsk ceasefire.

The EU refers to the latest attacks on several areas controlled by the government near Starohnativka on Monday and Tuesday.