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Russian concept on UN peacekeepers in Donbas will not guarantee security, but deepen conflict, - Volker

Source : 112 Ukraine

Volker stressed that this is not what the United States and the United Nations could agree on
20:20, 28 January 2018
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The draft resolution of Russia, which provides for the deployment of peacekeepers in  Donbas only along the line of conflict, is unacceptable for the United States and the United Nations, since it will not guarantee security, but will deepen the conflict. Special Representative of the United States for Ukraine Kurt Volker stated this in an exclusive interview to 112 Ukraine.

"Russia proposed a different concept, the so-called defensive force, which would protect only the OSCE observers. It does not provide control of the border, so an endless flow of Russian forces across the international border would continue," he said.

Volker stressed that this is not something that the United States and the United Nations could agree on.

"After all, such a concept will not provide security, but only deepen the conflict, and no troop-contributing country will want to be in such a situation: when there is an open border and puppet groups," the US special representative is convinced.

He stressed that the United States, France and Germany agreed to accept such an offer as a basis, but to turn it into a peacekeeping mission.

"This would create the responsibility for security in the region, would give the Ukrainian side the opportunity to control the Ukrainian-Russian border. The border would not be closed, it will remain open in this case, however control will appear. The troops and weapons will not cross it, "he said.

Volker also recalled that during the November meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin's assistant Vladislav Surkov, he was unable to reach agreement on this issue.
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