Germany says OSCE mission is step towards easing Ukraine crisis

by Reuters
Friday, 21 March 2014 19:21 GMT

BERLIN, March 21 (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Friday the OSCE's decision to send a monitoring mission to Ukraine was a step towards de-escalating the crisis in the country.

"This is not yet the end of the crisis but a step that helps to support our de-escalation efforts," he said in a statement, shortly after the decision of the 57-nation rights and security group was announced.

"The situation in Ukraine remains unstable and menacing. For this reason, the (OSCE) observers must take up their work as quickly as possible," said Steinmeier, who is set to travel to Ukraine on Saturday. (Reporting by Sarah Marsh; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)