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Merkel: Moscow's initiative on UN peacekeepers doesn't mean lifting of sanctions
16:49, 16 September 2017
Merkel: Moscow's initiative on UN peacekeepers doesn't mean lifting of sanctions

UN peacekeepers should have access to the entire territory of Donbas. The mission deployment is an interesting idea, but it does not mean lifting sanctions from Russia.

16:49, 16 September 2017

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UN peacekeepers should have access to the entire territory of Donbas. The mission  deployment is an interesting idea, but it does not mean lifting sanctions from Russia. This was announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reports Reuters.

"I find President Putin's proposal to send the UN mission to protect the OSCE observers interesting," she said, adding that she discussed this issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin a few days ago.

"I spoke with him about the fact that the UN mission should have access to the entire territory where the OSCE is located, that is, to the entire territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," Merkel said.

Also the Chancellor of Germany noted that it is necessary to continue work in this direction. "However, these are sprouts that do not yet give rise to a lifting of sanctions," she added.

Related: Peacekeepers in Donbas: Risk of legal Russian military on Ukrainian territory


As is known, the official Kremlin adhered to the position that UN peacekeepers should be attracted only to the collision line in Donbas and coordinate actions with the fighters of the ORDLO. In Kyiv, this option was called schizophrenic.

Earlier we reported that President of Russia Vladimir Putin urged President of France Emmanuel Macron to support the offer of Russia to deploy the UN peacekeepers for assistance in the security of the OSCE SMM during the phone call.

Initially Putin claimed that UN peacekeepers should stay at the demarcation line. Ukraine representative in Minsk and First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko claimed that it is impossible to talk about the peacekeepers only among the demarcation line.

Later the Russian President expressed the readiness to make the amendments to the offered resolution project of the UN Security Council and mission's function at the conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He said that it is possible to implement the provision of the security for the OSCE SMM at all places where the SMM holds the inspection trips.

Permanent Representative of Ukraine at UN Volodymyr Elchenko noted that the UN peacekeeping mission should be placed at the Russian-Ukrainian border and the participation of the Russian representative is impossible in it.

Representative of Ukraine at Minsk Talks Leonid Kuchma thinks that Russian offer to deploy UN peacekeepers in Donbas is the mockery over Ukraine. According to him, the deployment of the peacekeepers in Donbas should be implemented only when  Ukraine will control the whole border with Russia.

Related: Why Putin needs peacekeepers in Donbas?

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