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The French and German sides are discussing their proposals regarding the mandate of a UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, reports Andreas Peschke, Director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia at the German Federal Foreign Office.
"As for our participation [...] we are currently discussing this issue with our partners. First and foremost, with our French partners as we closely cooperate in the Normandy format. I believe, following it we will discuss the final option with …
The spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said on Friday that Russia once again agrees only to a UN security mission on the line of demarcation, reports UNIAN.
"Now, a Russian draft resolution on the participation of the UN peacekeeping forces is being discussed and finalized in the UN. There has been a lot of speculation on this issue, there was a lot of speculation in the Ukrainian media that peacekeepers will allegedly be deployed across the entire Donbas. I would …
Ukraine needs the assistance of UN peacekeepers due to the armed aggression unleashed by Russia against Ukraine in 2014, said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
“Our [Ukrainian] blue helmets have taken part in UN operations around the world. In many cases, they were the major player who made it possible to achieve peace – both in the Balkans and in Africa… Today the time has come for us to lean on the UN’s peacekeeping shoulder,” Petroshenko said at a UN Security Council session in New York …
During the Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting in Kyiv, Former US Secretary of State John Kerry stated that he is concerned that the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in the combat zone in the Donbas may be unsafe and turn out to be a trap.
"[With respect to certain UN forces], you have to be really careful that it is not a trap. If you’ve got this exclusively on the line of contact, then this can conceivably become the de facto recognition of this line of contact as meaning …
The European Union can ease sanctions if the Russian proposal for the deployment of peacekeepers to the Donbas is quickly implemented, said German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, according to Der Spiegel magazine.
"If the deployment of peacekeepers is successful and if this can be quickly implemented, then of course we should also take action and ease sanctions," Gabriel said.
Gabriel added that it is necessary to "quickly begin negotiations in New York" about the deployment of the …
The representative of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR), Vladyslav Deynego stated that the US State Department proposal to deploy UN peacekeepers throughout the Donbas region would mean "a declaration of war."
"Any attempt to promote the armed forces on the territory of another state is a declaration of war. Do they want to declare war? They will receive it," Deynego told RBC news agency.
Deynego has not ruled out that the US State Department would give orders to the UN …
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that Washington is in favor of deploying UN peacekeepers to the Donbas, including on the border with Russia, and insists for them to have a broad mandate, Radio Liberty reports.
"I want to be clear about this. Any such forces should have a broad mandate, to ensure peace and security throughout the occupied territory of Ukraine, up to and including the border with Russia ...," Nauert said. She recalled that Germany, like the other EU states, …
Russia has agreed that the UN peacekeeping mission should have access not only to the line of demarcation in the Donbas, but also to other territory where OSCE conducts its inspection visits.
This was stated in a message from the Kremlin's press service, following phone discussions between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"Taking into account the views expressed by Angela Merkel, the Russian leader noted his readiness to supplement the functions of the UN …
According to the Kremlin, the DPR’s (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LPR’s (Luhansk People’s Republic) consent must be one of the conditions for peacekeeping forces to be deployed in the Donbas.
The Kremlin’s position was voiced by Dmitry Peskov, press secretary to the Russian president, RBC reports.
“The conflict in south-eastern Ukraine is something to be negotiated primarily between Kyiv and the authorities of the unrecognized republics – LPR and DPR. This is, perhaps, the core modality …
The German government believes that a possible UN peacekeeping mission should be deployed throughout the Donbas region, and not just on the contact line, as stated by Deputy Speaker of the German government Ulrike Demmer while speaking to reporters in Berlin, Deutsche Welle reported.
According to the spokesman, Berlin in general welcomes the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin to send a UN mission to the Donbas. However, Berlin is skeptical of some details of Moscow's proposal. …