seems that Tuesday has seen the peak of the crisis so far, with a close prospect of a showdown between a group of Ukraine and Russian (or appear to be so) soldiers. Wednesday has brought some “calm” in developments, and
it seems diplomacy could get its way.
The Organisation for Security and
Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) got an invitation from the Ukraine authorities and
decided to send 35 international unarmed military observers there
to “provide an objective assessment of the facts on the ground”. This
international organization may be a format in which Ukraine and Russia
could communicate during the crisis.
However, first there needs to be established a consensus between 57 member states, one of which is Russia.
“The visit is taking place under Chapter III of the Vienna Document 2011, which allows for voluntary hosting of visits to dispel concerns about unusual military activities. Ukraine has requested all OSCE participating States to send military representatives from 5 to 12 March 2014, starting in Odessa. This is the first time this mechanism has been activated”, OSCE reported on March 5.
“Confidence-building and transparency are key elements of the OSCE approach to security, which seeks to foster openness and dialogue as the best way to resolve conflicts in our region,” added Lamberto Zannier, the Secretary-General of OSCE.
In the meantime, the stock markets in Russia and elsewhere recovered slightly as opposed to the mounting fears in the previous days, and after the press conference the Russian president Vladimir Putin held on Tuesday. The European Union pledged economic support to Ukraine, while the NATO-Russia Council is expected to convene later Wednesday.
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