The absence of the progress in the peace talks is behind the introduction of the UN peacekeepers in Donbas, as Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said at the joint briefing with Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, the President’s press-office reported.
“We do not have any common coordination centre and control of Russian representatives on the occupied territory, which could easily provide the ceasefire. We do not have any progress concerning the talks on the Minsk process. We hope that the proposals which are presented by France, Germany, Ukraine, the USA under the draft conclusion of the UN Security Council concerning the introduction of the peacekeeping mission, which will not be an escort for the UN observers, but a full and large-scale operation to disarm illegally armed formations, to protect people, who live on the occupied territories and start the political process of local elections,” Poroshenko said.
Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, stated the absence of the progress in the fulfilment of Minsk Agreements. She also believes that the dialogue should be prolonged, despite its complexity.
“Though it will be hard, we must not terminate (negotiations), as it is all about the people, soldiers, who lose their lives and about Ukrainians, who live on those territories (occupied),” Angela Merkel said.
She assured that Ukraine’s partner states under the “Normandy format” and will support Ukraine in setting the peace.
Earlier, Poroshenko stated about the progress concerning the introduction of the peacekeeping mission in Donbas in the interview for Handelsblatt, a German newspaper.
As we reported earlier, Poroshenko in his speech at the Munich Security Conference stated that Russia had a chance to show its readiness to the compromise and agree to the peacekeepers on the entire territory of the occupied Donbas. Earlier, Kurt Volker, the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, said that Russia’s draft resolution, which provides bringing the peacekeepers to Donbas only along the confrontation line is unacceptable for the USA and the UN, as it will not ensure security, but only exacerbate the conflict.
Earlier, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Turkey and Finland stated that they were ready to bring the peacekeepers to Donbas.