The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov disavowed the statement of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on the entry of UN peacekeepers to the contact line in the Donbas. He said this at a briefing in Moscow after talks with French foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, that the initiative came from the President, but he would like to clarify the details.
According to him, the goal is to achieve strict compliance with the Minsk agreements, which says that control over the border of Ukraine will be transferred only after the implementation of the political agreements.
“This is not a UN force, it is a mission to promote the security of the OSCE observers. It is in full accordance with the logic of the Minsk agreements”, – Lavrov said.
He added that Russia “has long raised the question” to arm SMM monitors, but the OSCE has no experience of military missions, as the UN has.
“Our proposal is that the OSCE observers in good faith, accurately and effectively perform the monitoring of the implementation of the Minsk agreements, let’s give them an armed guard, whose composition will be determined by the conflicting parties – Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk”, – he said.
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However, he said that Ukraine’s offer to deploy peacekeepers on the border with Russia does not correspond to the Minsk-2.
Recall, September 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he supports the presence of UN peacekeepers in the Donbass, and called a number of conditions which have already sharply criticized in Ukraine.
As was stated by the permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko, the UN peacekeeping mission in the case of the introduction in the Donbass should be located on the Russian-Ukrainian border and the participation of representatives of Russia excluded.