OSCE Chief to Ukrainian reporter: Russia is not the aggressor

Outgoing OSCE mission chief did not back down


Hug told Ukrainian journalists that he does not consider Russia an aggressor
Former first deputy head of the OSCE special monitoring mission, Alexander Hug, does not consider Russia an aggressor country. He said this in an interview with TSN. Tyzhden,* reports Novorossiya.

Answering the question whether you consider Russia an aggressor, Hug said: “No, but I think that Russia, like Ukraine and some parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, acknowledge that there is a big problem that needs solving, and they have all taken commitments on themselves.”

In turn, the journalist tried again to provoke the former deputy head of the mission towards the “necessary” Ukrainian propagandists response.

“I understand that you are an official person, limited by the mandate of the mission. But still, as an ordinary person who was born in a democratic European country, you cannot but understand that Russia is the aggressor in this war. Do you have a desire to one day call the aggressor an aggressor,” the journalist askedHug.

“I’m still thinking about it. It will be a very, very big book that I will have to write. This conflict can only be resolved when somebody strives to find solutions rather than trying to blame others,” retorted the former deputy head of the OSCE mission.

Recall that on October 25, Hug said that the OSCE mission did not see direct evidence of Russian intervention in Donbass.

Later, the OSCE stood up for the words of Hug about the absence of Russian intervention in the war in the Donbass.

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Iryna Gerashchenko, first deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, and representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite contact group on resolving the situation in the Donbass, called Hug’s statement “ridiculous and unsuccessful”.

On October 26, Hug said that the text of the interview published in Foreign Policy magazine misleads readers and does not reflect his point of view.

Earlier it became known that Hug would leave the post of deputy head of the OSCE mission in Ukraine.


*Translator note: I found the source interview, which was conducted in English, but it is all over-voiced in Ukrainian, which I do not understand when I hear it. However, at 5:30 in the video, you can hear the interviewer’s word “aggressor,” and the beginning of Alexander Hug’s answer: “No, but I think…,” as you can read above in the second paragraph of my translation of the Russian language story.

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