The US offered to extend the power and presence zone of the UN peacekeepers in Donbas during the discussion of the Russian draft resolution. The source familiar with the negotiations of Kurt Volker, the US Special Envoy to Ukraine and Vladislav Surkov, the Consular of Russian President reported this to Interfax.
‘The American side offered to extend the presence zone of the mission and not be limited to a few posts at the contact line and to increase the number of the personnel’, the source said.
According to the source, the sides remain to have the contradictions on the vision of the presence conception of the UN peacekeepers in Donbas but there are also the common grounds.
‘It was decided to continue the work. Generally, it is constructive. One more meeting at the end of the year is not excluded. The issue is under consideration. There is no decision yet’, the source noted.
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.
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.