Tillerson: Ukraine peacekeepers in Donbas are US priority

Source : 112 Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State added that today U.S. and Russia have “significant difference” in positions on this issue, due to which the talks on UN mission mandate will continue
08:48, 7 December 2017

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The deployment of the UN peacekeeping contingent in Donbas is a U.S. policy priority in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. This was stated by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after talks with NATO allies in Brussels, reports DW.

We prioritise ending the violence, that's our first priority, and to seek to do that we need to put a peacekeeping force in place," Tillerson said.

Tillerson also noted that there is “significant difference” in the positions of the United States and Russia on this issue "and that's why we continue to talk with the Russians." He stressed that Washington intends to block NATO's dialogue with Russia before there is a progress in Donbas conflict settlement.

“I think there is broad consensus among all the NATO members that there is no normalization of dialogue with Russia today,” he said.

"We hope that we can close those gaps, we think it's vitally important to stop the violence. People are still dying every day," he added.

Related: Poroshenko and Merkel meet, discuss deploying UN peacekeepers in Donbas

 As it was reported earlier after the European People’s Party Summit in Brussels on November 22, the participants passed the joint declaration, which will mention Ukraine’s position concerning the presence of UN peacekeepers in Donbas. Kostyantyn Yeliseev, Deputy Head of the Ukraine’s Presidential Administration said.

‘I guess the President of Ukraine has been extremely clear when it comes to our position about the deployment of UN peacekeeping mission on the territory of the occupied Donbas. This offer was approved, and this idea will be reflected in the text of the joint declaration of the EPP summit,’ Yeliseev said.

Ukraine has been promoting the idea of bringing UN peacekeepers to Donbas so that the troops would be deployed across the entire combat area; Russia insists that they be deployed only along the division line. 

Related: No consensus between U.S., Russia on UN peacekeepers deployment in Ukraine

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