Russia to not allow UN peacekeepers deployment at whole territory of occupied Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Moscow stands only for the conferring of the peacekeepers with the powers to protect the OSCE SMM observers
12:33, 27 December 2017

112 Agency

The Foreign Ministry of Russia claimed that its side will not allow the deployment of the UN peacekeepers at the whole territory of Donbas that is not under control of Ukraine. Grigory Karasin, the Deputy Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry claimed this to Kommersant.

The representative of Russia claimed that Moscow stands only for the conferring of the peacekeepers with the powers to protect the OSCE SMM observers and it will not allow the creation of some external administration at the part of the Ukrainian-Russian border.

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‘It is seen from the resolution that we offered that the main task of the peacekeepers should be the provision of the security to the OSCE SMM. We see the artificial attempts to change this conception to implement some kind of the external administration at the southeast with the block of the border between Donbas and Russia. It Is out of the question. Russia will never allow this. We stand for the protection of the OSCE observers by the UN peacekeepers and it is the main point of our offer’, Karasin claimed.

According to him, there should be a great diplomatic and political work over the Russian resolution on the UN peacekeepers.

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‘I hope that we will succeed to make some steps at this direction next year but it should take place by means of the political interests of Donetsk and Luhansk’, the Russian diplomat claimed.  

As it was reported earlier, the Wall Street Journal wrote their diplomatic source told them the US suggests to deploy 20,000 UN peacekeepers in the war-torn Donbas.

Previously Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian Foreign Ministry to introduce the draft resolution to the UN Security Council, as he believes such a mission could help resolve the conflict. Ukraine phrased its opinion on the subject, saying that it objects to having peacekeepers from Russia participating in the UN mission.

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Ukraine also insists that the peacekeeping mission must be deployed on all occupied territories, including the Russian border. Russia objects to this, saying that it contradicts the Minsk agreements, and insisting that the peacekeepers are needed solely to guard the SMM OSCE observers and be present on the contact line.

As it was reported earlier Kurt Volker, the US Special Envoy to Ukraine and Vladislav Surkov, the Counselor of Russian president discussed all topical issues on the settlement of the Donbas conflict, including the issue of the UN peacekeepers in Belgrade on November 13.

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Earlier, Surkov claimed in the result of the meeting with Volker that the US proposed addendum to the Russian draft resolution on the UN mission in Donbas. Particularly, the American side offered to add 29 points to the draft resolution but Russia accepted only 3 of them.

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