“The essence of the Russian suggestion, Russian initiative is that the UN mission should be able to ensure the security of the OSCE mission personnel in the places, where the OSCE mission employees perform their functions,” Peskov said.
He noted that they “mainly perform their functions on the contact line”.
To the question about the SMM OSCE mandate to visit different territories of Ukraine, including the Russian border, Peskov said: “Yes, undoubtedly. It is about ensuring the OSCE mission employees’ safety in places where they are working. But it doesn’t imply deploying a UN mission at the border,” he emphasized.
“The thing is that placing any missions at the border is clearly stated in the Minsk agreements, and this (deploying UN peacekeepers at the Russian-Ukrainian border) would contradict the Minsk agreements,” Peskov believes.
As it was reported earlier, Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian Foreign Ministry to introduce the draft resolution to the UN Security Council, as he believes such a mission could help resolve the conflict. However, Russia insists that the peacekeepers must only guard the SMM OSCE observers.