Russia's tough position in discussing the possible format and tasks of the UN forces that can be deployed in the conflict zone in Donbass gives hope for a settlement of the situation in the region both in the security sphere and in political aspects, a representative of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) to the political subgroup of the contact group, Rodion Miroshnik, stated on Tuesday.
Earlier, Assistant to the President of Russia Vladislav Surkov, following the results of talks with the US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker on November 13 in Belgrade, said that Moscow considered acceptable three of the 29 proposals by Washington to the Russian draft resolution of the UN Security Council on the deployment of forces of an international organization in Donbass.
"Even the arithmetics – three of the 29 proposals were accepted for discussion – gives grounds to talk about the tough position of the Russian Federation on the formulation of the provisions of the mandate of the UN mission, which can be sent to Donbass, if the parties reach agreement," Miroshnik noted.
Earlier, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Pavel Klimkin, said that Ukraine, the United States, Germany and France had practically developed a joint draft UN resolution on peacekeepers in Donbass. According to the Wall Street Journal, referring to diplomatic sources in the US and the EU, Washington intends to propose a plan for the deployment of 20,000 international peacekeepers in the region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he supported the idea of sending UN peacekeepers to Ukraine, but it could only be about the function of ensuring the security of OSCE personnel, peacekeepers must be on the demarcation line in Donbass, but not in any other territories.
The LPR representative is sure that "the most radical proposals, which are most likely to have been passed to Volker by the Kiev side, have already been taken out of the framework of the discussion." Among such proposals, Miroshnik mentioned the possibility of transferring a section of the Russian-Ukrainian border under the control of UN forces, as well as equipping the international contingent with heavy weapons.
"The Russian draft resolution will remain the basic one in form and content, Kiev's hopes to completely cut it and fill it with their own content are not unlikely to come true," the LPR representative stated. He recalled that "the main task of the mission would be to protect international observers and facilitate the full monitoring of the implementation of the already reached agreements", which is carried out by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.
"It is encouraging that the talks will be continued and it will be held rather dynamically. The most important result will be the achievement of mutual understanding not only on security issues, but also political settlement," Miroshnik stressed.
DONi News Agency