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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister: Russia proposes fake UN mission in Donbas

According Pavlo Klimkin, so far the positions of the countries are in different universes
09:53, 12 June 2018

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Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that the positions of the countries on UN peacekeepers in the Donbas are completely different, reports Ukrinform.

"We discussed the possible format of our peacekeeping mission. The parties understand the agreements and mission in a different way. Russian side proposes a totally fake mission, with fake protection of the SMM," Klimkin said.

Klimkin described Russia's position as "worse" than it seemed at first: now, Russia insists that peacekeepers can only "escort" OSCE observers along the conflict line and in the occupied territory, but will not be able to do anything else.

Related: Peacekeepers in Donbas to unblock Minsk Agreements, - Volker

The heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine met for the first time in a year and a half. The agenda was the release of Ukrainian political prisoners and the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission on Donbas.

As it was reported earlier, Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, had a telephone conversation with Justin Trudeau, the PM of Canada, and discussed the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas. Poroshenko has informed about the current state in Donbas and Moscow’s provocations to create tensions on the Sea of Azov. The interlocutors have coordinated the positions before the G7 summit.

Earlier, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Turkey and Finland stated that they were ready to bring the peacekeepers to Donbas.

Related: Poroshenko claims on necessity to deploy UN peacekeepers in Donbas

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