Russian Foreign Ministry says withdrawal of OSCE observers from is a serious concern

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has criticized the decision by the United States and United Kingdom to withdraw observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OCSE) Special Monitoring Mission.

The ministry said that the mission was being “deliberately dragged into a militaristic psychosis” allegedly being orchestrated by Washington.

In a statement released Sunday, MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova said: “These decisions cannot but cause serious concern with us…. The mission is being deliberately dragged into a militaristic psychosis being whipped up by Washington and used as a tool for possible provocation.”

She added: “We call on the OSCE leadership to resolutely suppress attempts to manipulate the Mission and prevent the Organization from being dragged into unscrupulous political games played around it.

We proceed from the fact that in conditions of artificially whipped up tension, the monitoring activities of the Mission in full compliance with its mandate are in demand more than ever.”

The US and the UK say they have pulled their observers over concerns about the deteriorating security situation.

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