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Russia sees suggestion on 20.000 UN peacekeepers as “direct threat”
11:23, 11 November 2017
Russia sees suggestion on 20.000 UN peacekeepers as “direct threat”

Federation Council insists the peacekeepers must only guard OSCE observers

11:23, 11 November 2017

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Head of Russian Federation Council committee on defence and security Viktor Bondarev says the UN peacekeepers constitute “direct threat to Donbas”. He said this while commenting on the recently published information that the US suggests deploying 20,000 UN peacekeepers in Donbas in an interview for RIA Novosti.

He said that 20.000 people constitute almost two divisions. “What will 20.000 armed people be doing in the Eastern Ukraine?” was his rhetorical question.

Bondarev also phrased his believe that so many peacekeepers will only create tension in the region.

Related: Ukraine’s Foreign Minister says UN peacekeepers resolution project de-facto ready

As it was reported earlier, the Wall Street Journal wrote their diplomatic source told them the US suggests to deploy 20,000 UN peacekeepers in the war-torn Donbas.

Previously 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. Ukraine phrased its opinion on the subject, saying that it objects to having peacekeepers from Russia participating in the UN mission.

Ukraine also insists that the peacekeeping mission must be deployed on all occupied territories, including the Russian border. Russia objects to this, saying that it contradicts the Minsk agreements, and insisting that the peacekeepers are needed solely to guard the SMM OSCE observers and be present on the contact line.

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