MFA: the issue of peacekeepers in the Donbass is finally closed, Kiev needs to talk with the LPR and the DPR Now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that this is not worth waiting for
The issue of UN peacekeepers in Donbass is finally closed and is not being discussed, Petr Ilyichev, director of the Department of International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, RIA Novosti reports.
“No, it’s not necessary. The peacekeepers will not solve anything in the intra-Ukrainian conflict. Ukrainians need to talk to the LNR and DNR»— this is how Ilyichev answered the question whether Moscow considers it necessary to send UN peacekeepers to the Russian-Ukrainian border.
“The implementation of the Minsk agreements and resolution 2202 is being discussed, nothing is said about peacekeepers there,”— added a diplomat.
The issue of the possibility of introducing an international peacekeeping contingent to the Donbass was repeatedly raised by various parties to the conflict, but it was not possible to agree on the conditions for the appearance of foreign troops there.
Four years ago, Russia itself took the initiative to send peacekeepers to the Donbass. Then Vladimir Putin said that Russia supports the deployment of an international peacekeeping mission to the Donbass to ensure the security of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, which has been operating there since March 2014. Then he formulated the main Russian conditions: the task of the special forces should only be to protect the employees of the OSCE special monitoring mission, they should be deployed only on the demarcation line of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the military units of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR, access to the border between Russia and Ukraine, which Kiev does not control now , they should not have, and Kiev should conduct negotiations on the mandate of the mission directly with representatives of the DPR and LPR. However, Kiev criticized this initiative. The Ukrainian authorities insisted that the peacekeepers should also take control of the uncontrolled border between the self-proclaimed republics and Russia. Washington also supported this position.
The Ukrainian side, including after Volodymyr Zelensky came to power, pointed out that the introduction of a peacekeeping contingent into the region could become an alternative to the Minsk agreement. “When we understand that nothing more can be said within the framework of Minsk and Russia rests on every point, then we will turn to the next step. It will not be my decision, but the president’s, but my recommendation will probably be a peacekeeping mission, — Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko spoke in 2019.
In July 2020, Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov said that Kiev was considering introducing peacekeepers into the region under the auspices of the OSCE itself. “We are exploring the so far unprecedented possibility of an OSCE mandate. It turns out that they have the right to bring in their peacekeepers, but this has never happened in my life. But formally, legally, it is possible, — Reznikov said.
One of the latest statements about the possible fate of the idea of a peacekeeping mission in the Donbass was made by UN Secretary General António Guterres. In May 2021, he stated that a consensus on the deployment of UN peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine is unlikely in the near future.
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