Golden share of the Russian Federation. As Ukraine seeks peacekeepers

Золотая акция РФ. Как Украина ищет миротворцев

Ukraine is committed to the introduction of the peacekeeping mission under the UN auspices in the Donbass, and in this matter there has been certain progress, said the President Petro Poroshenko.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stepped up negotiations on the international scene on the introduction of the peacekeeping mission in the Donbass.

According to him, in this question there are positive developments. But the key influence still has an opinion of Russia, which has veto power in the UN security Council.

Correspondent.net has gathered information on the discussion of the issue of peacekeepers.

Enlist the support of

Ukraine is trying to form a broad front of countries who support the mission in the Donbass, and declare their readiness to take part in it. Recently, Poroshenko agreed with Recep Tayyip erdoğan that Turkey might also take part in the peacekeeping mission.

The President of Ukraine reminds that in 2015, when first appeared the initiative to send “blue helmets” in the Donbass, were all against the West had doubts, but now this idea in the international arena are much more favourably.

Different tasks

Kiev sees the task of the peacekeepers to “disarm illegal armed groups, to protect the people who live in the occupied territories, and to bring the condition of security for a political process of local elections”.

However, this approach is contrary to Moscow’s proposal that “blue helmets” should only ensure the security of OSCE personnel and be on the frontline. And signals from the Kremlin about a possible change of position no.

On the eve of a telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The press service of the President of Russia says Putin and Merkel discussed the possibility of sending UN peacekeepers to the Donbass only for the protection of OSCE observers.

Keep the pressure on

The President of Ukraine hopes that a joint proposal of France, Germany, Ukraine and the United States on the draft decision of the UN security Council about UN peacekeeping missions, will be accepted.

After a personal meeting with Merkel, Poroshenko stressed that the mission “will not escort the OSCE observers, and there will be a full-fledged, full-scale (force), which will be able to disarm illegal armed groups, to protect people living in the occupied territory and bring the conditions of safety necessary to begin the political process of local elections”.

“Unfortunately, we still have a position of support from Russia, but we are hopeful that our hard work should lead to a positive result,” he said.

On the question of which scenario is a peacekeeping mission most likely and when it can be started in the Donbass, Poroshenko said: “Russian script is not a script peacekeepers. This is the escort for observers of the OSCE, which does not perform the function of establishing peace and ending the war”.

“Peacekeepers must have the appropriate mandate to the entire territory, the rights to control the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border and Russian disarmament of illegal formations. The other issues were matters of compromise – and we hope that together this compromise will be achieved,” – said the President

Angela Merkel added that “we still have much to discuss, to reach agreement regarding peacekeepers.”

According to Merkel, Germany is ready to contribute to the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas. However, the voice of the Germans in this situation is not critical.

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