Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya believes that Ukraine’s initiative to introduce UN peacekeepers in Donbas is aimed at jeopardizing the Minsk agreements, as he told journalists in New-York, according to RIA News.
“The UN peacekeeping mission (in Donbas)? I personally don’t really understand, what’s in this idea for Kyiv, which dividends it would bring, if, hypothetically, it is to be implemented. Moreover, I suspect it’s not that advantageous for Ukrainian side itself… It’s such an attempt to make it look like they are considering a new format, while at the same time continuing not implementing the clearly defined plan of settling the conflict provided by the Minsk agreements,” he said.
Nebenzya emphasized that at the moment there are only two formats of settling the situation in Eastern Ukraine: the Normandy format and the Trilateral Contact Group.
The Ukrainian side, however, states that the Minsk agreements haven’t resulted in anything over the past three years, which is why Ukraine’s president is to raise issue of bringing the UN peacekeepers to Donbas at the next UN General Assembly session.