Russian Foreign Ministry tells about formation of UN mission in Donbass

The composition of the mission of UN peacekeepers in Donbass should be determined by Kiev and the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference on the Russian diplomacy activities in 2017.

"It is up to the conflicting parties to determine the nations involved, in accordance with our proposal and the common UN practices, that is, this needs to be coordinated with Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk," the Minister said.

He recalled that the proposal of the Russian Federation on the UN mission for the protection of OSCE observers was not limited to deploying peacekeepers only on the contact line in Donbass.

"OSCE observers have a mandate that says they can move, in agreement with the parties, on both sides of the contact line. They regularly visit the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk up to the border with Russia, where they travel as many as twenty times a week. Our proposal is to ensure UN protection for these OSCE observers everywhere they go and patrol, in accordance with their mandate," the Minister said.

DONi News Agency