Russia never evaluated U.S.offer to deploy UN peacekeepers in Donbas, - Volker

Source : 112 Ukraine

There has been no response from the Russian side since January, U.S. Special Representative in Ukraine says
10:02, 11 March 2018

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The U.S. government did not get from Russia any evaluation of their offer to deploy the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas. Kurt Volker, the Special Representative for Ukraine said that to reporters in Brussels as quoted by UNIAN news agency.

'The ball is on the Russian side now. We presented our view of the peacekeepign mission - in terms of geography and the liabilities of this mission; we discussed that with Russians in details. In January, during the meeting with Surkov (Vladislav Surkov, the presidential counselor of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, - 112 International), they told us they would consider it and develop their own offers, so that we could discuss them at the next meeting. We haven't got a word from them since then; however, we expect it to happen very soon', he said. 

Earlier, Russian president Putin said his government is 'at the very least, not against' deploying UN peacekeepers all over Donbas, but 'it should be agreed with the unrecognized republics of Donbas'.

Commenting on Russia's draft resolution on UN peacekeepers deployment in Donbas, Volker said such conditions are unacceptable for the U.S. and the United Nations, since deploying peacekeepers only along the division line will only deepen the conflict, not solve it. 

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