German politician and member of the Alliance '90/The Greens group in the Bundestag, member of the European Parliament Rebecca Harms spoke to the 112 TV Channel's Elina Beketova within 112 International Insight. She speaks of the UN peacekeeping mission, Normandy Format, sanctions against Russia, Crimea issue and other key issues for Ukraine.
The series of interviews 112 International Insight introduces the viewpoint of influential Western experts, who are the source of a new, fresh point of view, different from the one of the Ukrainian experts, who usually comment on the current situation.
The main issue of the interview was the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission.
‘It is interesting to ask why Russia, President Putin came suddenly with a proposal for UN peacekeeping mission. He has his own interests and I think it is good that President Poroshenko did not only reject the proposition but made his own proposition and the international communities, especially the Europeans are interested to solve the Ukrainian problems. The war against Ukraine continued over years, so we have to find a good way and we have to try all means which could contribute to a better solution than we have todays, which can contribute to peace’.
Also, Harms commented on the place of the deployment of the UN peacekeepers. She expressed the opinion whether they should be at the contact line or at the whole territory of Donbas.
‘If we want to achieve peace it should not be forgotten that it is important that all heavy weapons sent from Russia into the East of Ukraine and to Donbas, all Russian soldiers have to leave the territories of Ukraine. I think so, sustainable peace for a solution is not possible without withdrawal of weapons and Russian soldiers’.
‘For Ukraine is very important that the border in-between Russia and Ukraine, the real border not the contact line, can be controlled. This was always key issue also in the Minsk Negotiations and I think for Ukraine is very important that they can regain trust and control over the territories’.