Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko stated that he requested António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, to set the special mission on the assessment of the cost, number and necessary terms to bring the peacekeepers. He stated this in the interview for TV channels, broadcasted by Pryamiy TV channel.
“We are ready, as soon as Russia takes the international community position, we will put this question to vote in the UN Security Council. Many Security Council members are ready to support the agreed project,” the President said.
Poroshenko also stated that more than 40 states are ready to take part in the peacekeeping mission in Donbas. He said that the peacekeeping mission is of high priority for Ukraine.
“A year and a half ago the world did not want even to listen about the peacekeepers – it was too expensive, around a couple of billions of dollars…nobody would go to Ukraine to help it to set the peace as the key component of the Minsk Agreements and return Ukraine the territories occupied by Russia,” Poroshenko said.
As we reported earlier, Poroshenko in his speech at the Munich Security Conference stated that Russia had a chance to show its readiness to the compromise and agree to the peacekeepers on the entire territory of the occupied Donbas. Earlier, Kurt Volker, the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, said that Russia’s draft resolution, which provides bringing the peacekeepers to Donbas only along the confrontation line is unacceptable for the USA and the UN, as it will not ensure security, but only exacerbate the conflict.
Earlier, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Turkey and Finland stated that they were ready to bring the peacekeepers to Donbas.