On 5 December, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved a draft decree on the posting of a civilian expert from Latvia, Reinis Janevics, as a monitor to the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to Ukraine. As soon as Reinis Janevics assumes his position, there will be seven Latvian civilian experts on the OSCE Mission to Ukraine.
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM Ukraine) was deployed on 21 March 2014 with the aim of monitoring the fulfilment of the Minsk agreements and facilitating peace and security in the conflict zone. Latvia’s civilian experts have been participating in the mission since its early days. On 21 February 2017, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers conceptually supported the seconding of up to 15 civilian experts on the OSCE SMM Ukraine. Candidates for participation in the OSCE missions are selected by the organisation’s secretariat in Vienna.