Ukraine insists on withdrawal of Russian troops from Donbas, - Klimkin

Source : 112 Ukraine

The process of creating such a mandate of UN peacekeeping mission can take at least six months
19:48, 17 September 2017

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry

Ukraine insists on including a cycle of withdrawal of Russian troops, mercenaries and weapons in the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin on the sidelines of the Yalta European Strategy forum, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

"We know that this process takes six months and more, it depends on the political context, the mandate, the participants. It is very important for us that this process is progressing so that Russia does not have the opportunity to manipulate the mandate of this mission and weaken it, otherwise it loses all meaning," said Klimkin.

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Klimkin said that the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas should cover the entire territory of the occupied territory and an uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border, "otherwise it will be an ineffective element by definition."

"The mandate of such a peacekeeping mission should include a full cycle of withdrawal of both Russian regular troops, mercenaries, and all this scrap metal that Russia has dragged into the territory of the occupied Donbas and, of course, the first steps to normalize the situation and return to a peaceful life", the minister specified.

Earlier German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that 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.

"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.

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.

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