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Belarus is ready to send its peacekeepers to Donbas
13:26, 15 November 2017
Belarus is ready to send its peacekeepers to Donbas

It is reported that the Belarusian contingent of peacekeepers is ready to contribute to the settlement of the conflict in the occupied Donbas

13:26, 15 November 2017

Belarusian Foreign Ministry

Belarus is ready to direct a contingent of peacekeepers to help resolve the situation in Donbas. This was stated by the Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei at the press conference in Moscow, reports TASS.

"We are ready to send the appropriate peacekeeping contingent, if this is acceptable to all interested parties, in order to participate in solving peacekeeping tasks," Makei said.

A few months ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with the idea of introducing UN peacekeepers to the occupied part of the Ukrainian Donbas. Kyiv, its Western allies on the one hand and Moscow, which does not recognize itself as a party to the conflict in Donbas, on the other, have different positions regarding the mandate of such UN mission. Russia proposes to deploy peacekeepers on the line of delimitation, while Ukraine and its partners insist that peacekeepers must be deployed throughout the occupied territory, including the uncontrolled by Ukraine part of border with Russia.

Related: US offers to extend power and presence zone of UN peacekeepers in Donbas

Ukrainian diaspora urged Canada to head UN peacekeepers in Donbas. The essential presence of the Canadian military in Ukraine allows Canada to start this immediately.

Paul Grod, the President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress urged Ottawa to head the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas.

‘Canada should use its experience and announce to the world community about the readiness to head the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas. Ottawa should determine the needs, scale and activity resources for the full-fledged and efficient peacekeeping mission in the East of Ukraine’, Grod noted.

As it was reported earlier Kurt Volker, the US Special Envoy to Ukraine and Vladislav Surkov, the Counselor of Russian president discussed all topical issues on the settlement of the Donbas conflict, including the issue of the UN peacekeepers in Belgrade on November 13. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson of Russian president reported this.

Earlier, Surkov claimed in the result of the meeting with Volker that the US proposed addendum to the Russian draft resolution on the UN mission in Donbas. Particularly, the American side offered to add 29 points to the draft resolution but Russia accepted only 3 of them.

Related: Russia sees suggestion on 20.000 UN peacekeepers as “direct threat”

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