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Proposal of Russia on introduction of peacekeepers in Donbass causes concern - Secretary of State MFA of Britain

  • Proposal of Russia on introduction of peacekeepers in Donbass causes concern - Secretary of State MFA of Britain

Kyiv: The proposal of the Russian Federation on the introduction of the UN peacekeeping mission to the Donbass should be taken with caution, said Alan Duncan, Secretary of State for European and American affairs of the British Foreign Ministry, during the conference Yalta European Strategy, which this year takes place in Kyiv.

"It is very important not to fall into the trap. The proposals submitted by Russia to the United Nations seem tempting, but they can be aimed not at restoring the supremacy of international law, but at freezing violations. We should approach this very carefully," he said.

Duncan stressed that now sanctions against Russia are being imposed for a daring violation of international law, in particular with the annexation of the Crimea.

"A coordinated response to Russia's actions is extremely important - sanctions against Russia must remain an important element of our response. The unity of the G7 and the EU is a signal of our rejection of Russia's actions and rejection of its violation of international law, "the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom stated.

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry questioned Russia's resolution on peacekeepers in the Donbas. Also, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that Russia's resolution on peacekeepers in the Donbass can be a tactical maneuver.

As is known, the issue of the introduction of the UN peacekeeping mission in the east of Ukraine was included in the agenda of the UN General Assembly.

On Tuesday, September 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed Moscow's permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenz, to submit a resolution on the deployment of a peacekeeping mission to the Donbass for consideration by the United Nations Security Council.

In turn, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine issued an official comment in response to the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the possibility of introducing a UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbass. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine is ready to support the deployment of the UN peacekeeping operation in the Donbass if it envisages the withdrawal of Russian troops.

The appeal regarding the deployment of a peacekeeping operation in the east of Ukraine under the auspices of the United Nations was sent by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in March 2015 to the UN Secretary General and to the chairman of the UN Security Council. On April 2, 2015, this letter was distributed as an official document of the UN Security Council.

The Foreign Ministry also noted that in order to create a favorable ground for starting a dialogue with the aim of deploying the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbass, it is necessary for the Russian side to strictly adhere to the stable and full ceasefire regime announced in late August in connection with the beginning of the academic year.


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