Peacekeepers in Donbas is Ukraine’s mistake, - ex U.S. ambassador to UN

Source : 112 Ukraine

"If you want to restore sovereignty over Donbas, the last thing Ukraine should do is allow peacekeepers here," John Bolton said
14:20, 15 September 2017

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Introduction of the UN peacekeeping mission to the occupied Donbas is wrong initiative on the part of Ukraine. Such opinion was expressed by the former U.S. ambassador to the UN John Bolton in his exclusive commentary for 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"I do not think there should be peacekeepers in Ukraine, which is a mistake from on Ukraine’s part. It means that you are increasing Russia's involvement in Ukraine's internal affairs. And Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia gained an even greater international weight. Now the main dispute is not to freeze this conflict. If you want to restore sovereignty over the Donbas, the last thing Ukraine should do is allow peacekeepers here, "the diplomat said.

To resolve the conflict in the Donbas and fight against Russian aggression, Ukraine, according to Bolton, must demonstrate its readiness for this.

"Therefore, if Ukraine is ready to fight for its independence, it must now prepare for it, increase military support from the United States. I believe that Ukraine must do everything possible to reduce Russia's pressure on it now. it is not enough, it should make much more effort, "he said.

Related: UN peacekeepers will help restore integrity of Ukraine, - Nauert

Speaking about the possibility of obtaining lethal weapons from the U.S., Bolton said:

"I think that Ukraine should approach it diplomatically, I think this is still the best way at the moment for both Ukraine and the United States."

As it was reported ealier Poroshenko together with the OSCE Secretary General coordinate approaches to deploying UN peacekeepers in Donbas. The president emphasized the importance of establishing an intensive dialogue between the OSCE and the UN on this issue.

Related: Peacekeepers in Donbas: Risk of legal Russian military on Ukrainian territory

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