Berlin: Germany supports deployment of peacekeepers throughout the Donbas

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.

According to Demmer, it is not yet clear whether it will be possible to reach an agreement on all the details of such a mission in the Donbas.

She also does not see any reason to provide the separatists in the Donbas with the right to vote in negotiations on such a mission.

"This would be an unacceptable increase in the importance of the self-proclaimed leadership of the so-called People's Republics," the representative of the German government said.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia would agree to peacekeepers only on the line of demarcation, but not the border with Russia, and only to ensure the safety of OSCE observers. According to Putin, the deployment of UN forces is possible only after the withdrawal of weapons and in coordination with the representatives of illegal armed groups of the  LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) and DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic).

In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine named requirements whose observance it considers necessary for the introduction of a peacekeeping mission to the Donbas. They include the withdrawal of occupying troops from the Donbas and the exclusion of Russian personnel from the mission.

  UN peacekeeping mission, Donbas, Ukraine, Germany