Deputy foreign Minister commented on Western peacekeepers in the Donbass

© AFP 2017 / Anatolii StepanovТанки Ukrainian army near Gorlovka. Archival photoDeputy foreign Minister commented on Western peacekeepers in the Donbass© AFP 2017 / Anatolii Stepanov

Option, the Western peacekeepers in the Donbass will bury the Minsk agreement, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, state Secretary, Deputy foreign Minister Grigory Karasin.

As pointed out by Karasin, the essence of the Russian proposal to the UN presence in the Donbass is that where the observers of the OSCE SMM work, wherever you move, they all would follow the UN guards.

«UN troops entered the conflict zone after the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the withdrawal of forces and means of the parties and its placement shall be coordinated with the authorities in Kiev and Donetsk and Lugansk. This initiative is a hundred percent consistent with the spirit and letter of the Minsk agreements that remain a basis of Ukrainian domestic settlement,» — said the Deputy head of the foreign Ministry.

Thus, the UN forces, according to Russian position, will perform a secondary, auxiliary role in relation to SMM (its mandate does not change), will keep all existing negotiation platform – the Minsk contact group and the Normandy format, the diplomat added.

«In response, we offer a «not to dwell on the political aspects of the settlement» – that is, the special status of Donbass, Amnesty, the organization of elections through direct dialogue between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk, and soon to enter, in fact, the UN civil-military administration, which would govern all that is happening in the region,» said Karasin.

«This means that the Minsk process and can be no question, because its basis is exactly the direct negotiation process and reaching agreements on the above — mentioned aspects,» he explained.

The Deputy foreign Minister added that in this case «there is an attempt not only to turn everything on its head, but to bury the Minsk agreements».

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin previously stated that the Ukraine, USA, Germany and France have almost drafted a joint draft resolution by the UN peacekeepers in the Donbass. At the same time, the Russian foreign Ministry expressed concern over attempts to delay the consideration of the Russian draft resolution on the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbass. According to the Wall Street Journal, referring to diplomatic sources in the US and the EU, Washington intends to propose a plan for placement in the Donbass 20 thousand international peacekeepers. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he supports the idea of sending UN peacekeepers to Ukraine, but we can only talk about the function of ensuring the safety of OSCE personnel, peacekeepers must be on the line of demarcation in the Donbass and to any other territories.

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