Acting Deputy chief of U.S. mission to the OSCE, Gregory Makris said that Russia continues to block geographic expansion of the Special monitoring mission of the OSCE along the border.

Russia continues to block extension of OSCE mission on border with Ukraine - the U.S. state Department

"We are still forced to settle for inadequate and limited to the work of the mission only two checkpoints, which together cover only a hundred meters from 2300 km of the Russian-Ukrainian border, much of which Ukraine has no control," - said in a statement published on the website of Gosdepartamenta USA, reports mediaUA with reference to lb.ua.

The statement said that the continuing refusal of Russia to allow it to expand the scope of activities of the SMM confirms that the Russian Federation refuses to fulfill the Minsk agreements.

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"The fourth paragraph of the Minsk Protocol defines a clear role of observers of the OSCE monitoring and verification on both sides of the Ukrainian-Russian international border, and the creation of safe zones near the border in Russia and Ukraine", - said in a statement.

Makris stressed that due to the unauthorized restriction of the observation mission, it will not be able to confirm the scale of Russia's participation in arms supplies, funds and personnel in support of the militants in the Donbas.

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