Russia’s MFA: Kiev wants to turn peacekeepers into occupation force

Kiev is trying to make from the UN peacekeepers, who can be deployed to Donbass, 'occupation forces' to establish there an international protectorate, said State Secretary, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Grigory Karasin. 

He recalled that on September 5, Russia extended in the UN Security Council a draft resolution on the establishment of a UN mission to promote the protection of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Donbass. At the same time, the diplomat said, the Russian Federation proceeded from the desire to promote a ceasefire and security in Donbass, creating a favourable background for enhancing the work on the political track of the settlement in accordance with the Minsk agreements. 

"However, even before the substantive discussion of this project began, Ukraine hastened to declare its rigid unwillingness to work on our proposals, without introducing any counterprojects to the UN Security Council. Kiev frankly undertook to turn everything upside down, declaring the allegedly pursued Russia's goal to freeze the current status quo in Donbass, to limit the activities of the OSCE in Ukraine, etc. They require the deployment of UN peacekeepers throughout Donbass, primarily along the border with Russia," Karasin stressed. 

"It seems that Kiev assigns a completely different role to the UN 'blue helmets'. In fact they are almost given the role of the "occupation forces" for 'sorting out stuff' in Donbass, establishing an international protectorate there. Such steps are nothing but the review of essence of the Minsk Package of Measures of February 12, 2015, Of course, with this we cannot agree," he added.

DONi News Agency