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Wed Apr 30, 2014, 04:27 AM Apr 2014

Captured Soldiers Not OSCE Observers as Claimed [View all]

Published On: Tue, Apr 29th, 2014
news | By Christof Lehmann

Captured Soldiers Not OSCE Observers as Claimed: Germany and Russia Held Talks


Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The eight captured men in the Ukrainian city Slaviansk are not OSCE observers, affirmed OSCE official Claus Neukirch. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Monday, to discuss Moscow’s possibilities to intervene on behalf of the 4 German, 1 Danish, 1 Polish, 1 Czech and 1 Swedish soldiers who were arrested in civilian clothing, in a vehicle displaying the OSCE name. The men are being accused of espionage.

The Reuters news agency reports that Steinmeier and Lavrov discussed the detention of the eight men on Monday, while Reuters falsely designates them “observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe”.

The OSCE stressed that the eight soldiers were not working for they OSCE. The soldiers are in Ukraine, as military observers, under a bilateral agreement made on the basis of an OSCE document. In an interview, broadcast by the Austrian TV Channel ORF, OSCE Spokesman Claus Neukirch said:

“But I also have to say, that they, to be exact, are not working for the OSCE, but that they are military observers who are active there (Ukraine) under a bilateral agreement based on an OSCE document. We have, parallel to them, also an OSCE-mission, an observer mission, that already has over 125 civilian observers in the country, including that region”.

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It's tricky... Jesus Malverde Apr 2014 #1
every other news agency has called them military observers OKNancy Apr 2014 #2
Duh! malaise Apr 2014 #3
LBN thread seems to have attracted the heavy hitters.... Junkdrawer Apr 2014 #4
Rationalwiki on "nsnbc"... SidDithers Apr 2014 #5
Tweets from OSCE... SidDithers Apr 2014 #6
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