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Published: Friday March 14, 2014 MYT 1:40:01 AM
Updated: Friday March 14, 2014 MYT 1:41:00 AM

Russia now backs idea of OSCE mission for Ukraine - Swiss chair

VIENNA (Reuters) - Russia has voiced support for the deployment of an OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine, including Crimea, the chairman of the European security group said on Thursday, calling this a possible "big step forward."

"The Russian Federation supported the idea of a rapid approval and rapid deployment of a special monitoring mission for Ukraine," Thomas Greminger, Switzerland's ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told reporters after a meeting of OSCE envoys in Vienna.

(Reporting by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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