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Ukraine and Russia should come to agreement on composition of peacekeepers, - Rasmussen

Sanctions will force the Russian Federation to make concessions on UN peacekeepers, Rasmussen added
16:15, 18 February 2018

Reuters

With the help of sanctions, it is possible to force the Russian Federation to show flexibility in the issue of the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas. This opinion was expressed by the former NATO head, adviser to the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaking to Ukranian journalists, Ukrinform reports.

"It is very important to maintain pressure on Russia. American decision to tighten sanctions, hand over weapons to Ukraine has increased pressure on Russia, and we need to keep it to make Russians really move forward, including in the matter of the peacekeeping mission," the politician said.

"First, Ukraine and Russia must come to an agreement on the composition of the peacekeeping force. I would certainly like to see NATO members in it, but obviously Russia will be against it, so we advise that, for example, Finland, Sweden, Austria will make their contribution, "- said Rasmussen.

"I doubt that there will be any development of events until presidential elections are held in Russia. Now Putin's proposal with a very small mission and without a strong mandate two months ago will not lead to a solution of the problem in eastern Ukraine ", he added.

As you know, Sweden declared its readiness to participate in the peacekeeping mission in Donbas, if Russia and the West agree to this.

As a non-NATO country, Sweden was proposed as a possible leading country in the peacekeeping mission in the report on Rasmussen's order.

It is noted that the report was presented to officials, including US special representative in Ukraine Kurt Volker on Saturday.

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