Special envoy of the US state Department in Ukraine Kurt Volker skeptical about the Russian initiative on the deployment of peacekeepers in the Donbass only on the contact line of the parties in the Donbass. He stated this at a press conference during the 14th meeting of Yalta European Strategy in Kiev, the correspondent of LIGA.net.
Kurt Volker has called the Russian proposal about the use of peacekeeping troops “very interesting,” as earlier in the Kremlin have not proposed such initiatives, but criticized features of Putin’s initiative.
“The type of mandate (peacekeeping mission, – ed), which Russia proposed the initiative to the peacekeepers, I’m afraid it will cause only separation of Ukraine. With control only on the ceasefire line and not in the entire region, it will not lead to the protection of the population, for control of the border,” said Walker.
“Peacekeeping troops should take responsibility for the entire region. And Russian troops must be withdrawn. And there should be a space for elections to the implementation of the Minsk agreements”, – he stressed.
The special representative of state Department of Ukraine also expressed hope that further discussion in the UN security Council will be conducted on the peacekeeping forces to be stationed in all the occupied areas of Donbass.
President Petro Poroshenko believes that Putin’s proposal on the placement of the UN peacekeeping mission only on the line of contact is unacceptable.
5 September 2017, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia said that Russia has sent the Organization a draft resolution on the deployment of peacekeepers on the contact line in the Donbass. Putin noted that the presence of UN peacekeepers in the Donbass “would benefit the resolution of the conflict”, but then said that in his understanding we are talking about “people who ensure the safety of the OSCE mission,” and which “must be on the boundary line and no other areas.”
Ukraine has opposed the participation of the Russian Federation in the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbass in the case that the decision to conduct such an operation were to be adopted.
Germany voted against discussion of the issue of peacekeepers with the militants LDNR, and Poland believes that peacekeepers should be placed on the Ukrainian-Russian border and not at the contact line, as proposed by Russia.