Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the presence of UN peacekeepers in the Donbas would benefit the resolution of the conflict in the east of Ukraine, and instructed the Russian Foreign Ministry to introduce the draft resolution to the UN Security Council. Russian president said this during a press conference following the results of the BRICS summit, Interfax reports.
"The presence of peacekeepers, I can even say not the peacekeepers, but those people who ensure the security of the OSCE mission, I think is quite appropriate and I do not see anything wrong here. On the contrary, I believe that it would benefit the resolution of the problem in the southeast of Ukraine," Putin said.
According to Putin, it can be "only the function of ensuring the security of the OSCE staff."
"Secondly, in this connection these forces must be located on the line of demarcation and not on other territories. And the third point is that the resolution of this issue should happen only after the separation of parties to the conflict and removal of heavy equipment, which cannot be resolved without direct contact with representatives of self-proclaimed republics, "DNR" and "LNR",” Putin said.
"If all this is done, it will definitely benefit the solution of the problem in the southeast of Ukraine. And the minister is here, we will consider that this is an instruction to the Foreign Ministry to introduce the relevant resolution to the Security Council," Russian president added.
As it was reported earlier Russian representative to UN said sending peacekeepers to Donbas would jeopardize Minsk agreements. The diplomat emphasized that there are only two formats of settling the situation in Donbas.
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.