UN Secretary-General commented on the idea of sending peacekeepers to the Donbas

© RIA Novosti / Igor Maslowprice in fotomontagen a building damaged in the shelling, in Donetsk. 18 July 2017UN Secretary-General commented on the idea of sending peacekeepers to the Donbas© RIA Novosti / Igor Maslowprice the image Bank

UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres commented in an interview with RIA Novosti, the idea to introduce troops in Ukraine to protect the OSCE mission. According to him, if there is a consensus in the organization will be ready to do everything to solve the Ukrainian crisis.

«I think that will be very important if the Security Council, despite the fact that there were differing positions, will be able to reach consensus. The UN is ready to do everything possible to resolve the crisis,» he said on the eve of the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly.

Moscow and Kiev had earlier submitted to the UN its draft resolutions on the introduction of peacekeepers.

Guterres reported that he had seen these documents, however, the negotiations on this idea of going among member States and the Secretary General they do not interfere. «I hope that 15 members (of the UN security Council — ed.) will be able to come to agreement, and when that happens, I will of course be fully prepared to implement security solutions and resolve the crisis,» — he stressed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin last week said he supported the idea of sending peacekeepers to Ukraine. However, according to him, speech can go only about the function of ensuring the safety of OSCE personnel, peacekeepers must be on the boundary line and no other areas.

Kiev, at the same time, believes that the mission should have a broader mandate and be placed on the entire territory of Donbas up to the border with Russia. Direct talks with the self-proclaimed DND and LNR Kiev refuses to lead. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday announced that at the end of this week travels to the United States in the UN General Assembly, where he will raise the issue of introduction of peacekeepers in Donbass.

Later the official representative of the government of Germany Steffen Seibert said that Chancellor Angela Merkel during a telephone conversation with President of Russia Vladimir Putin approved the initiative of the Russian Federation on peacekeeping mission in the Donbass, but said that it is necessary to amend the mandate. According to Seibert, Putin responded to Merkel’s proposal positively and agreed that peacekeepers need to use not only on the line of contact.

The full text of the interview is available on the website ria.ru at 12:00.

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