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UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas to be different from all others, - Volker

He said that he defends the idea of a peacekeeping operation for Ukraine and considers such a mission the only way to achieve peace
17:17, 14 April 2018

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UN peacekeeping missions are very expensive and often create frozen conflicts, but the operation in the east of Ukraine will differ in format from all previous ones.

This was stated by the special representative of the US State Department on Ukraine Kurt Volker during a meeting with foreign correspondents in the Center for International Press of the US Department of State, RFE/RL reported.

He said that he defends the idea of a peacekeeping operation for Ukraine and considers such a mission the only way to achieve peace and transfer the occupied part of Donbas to Ukraine's control.

"This should work for everyone, this is what corresponds to the Minsk agreements, in order to move forward to their full implementation," Volker said.

Commenting on the words of journalists who spoke with Donald Trump's new advisor for national security John Bolton and heard from the newly appointed official a harsh criticism of the idea of the peacekeeping mission for Ukraine, Volker said that he had not had yet an opportunity to discuss this issue with Bolton, but "Ukrainian mission should differ in format from all previous ones".

"I agree with him (Bolton) that many UN peacekeeping missions are very expensive, often they create frozen conflicts - instead of solving them, these are very serious doubts. However, what we are talking about in the case of Eastern Ukraine, it's not a traditional UN peacekeeping operation through the United Nations system - it will be based on the voluntary participation of states," Volker explained.

According to the diplomat, he considers the mission for Ukraine exclusively as "a transitional mechanism to move from the current situation when Russia exercises control, to the situation when control will be Ukrainian."

At the same time, Volker doubts that Russia will use the right of veto in the UN Security Council in order to block this peacekeeping operation.

"No one is suggesting to impose it - Russia should see this as a constructive mechanism for the implementation of Minsk agreements - so that the idea of a Russian veto should not arise," Volker predicts.

As reported, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels said that more than 40 countries of the world expressed their readiness to provide their people to the peacekeeping mission in the east of Ukraine.

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