Ukraine, US agree on main theses of peacekeepers’ deployment in Donbass

Ukraine agreed with the United States on the main parameters of the joint draft resolution on the peacekeeping mission in Donbass. The head of Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pavel Klimkin said on Friday.

"I talked with the US Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker a few hours ago, we agreed on the basic parameters of our position, the text of the resolution, our draft is actually ready. I mean ours, because this is the USA, Germany, France, Great Britain and us that work on it with very clear logic," the minister said. He also reiterated his thesis that there should not be Russians in the peacekeeping forces and that peacekeepers should take control over the Russian-Ukrainian border.

On Thursday, the web version of The Wall Street Journal reported that Washington intended to soon offer Russia a plan to deploy in Donbass a contingent of international peacekeepers of 20,000 people. As noted by the publication, American and other Western diplomats believe that this mission can operate under the auspices of the OSCE, and not the UN.

On September 5, the Russian Mission to the United Nations, on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin, sent a draft resolution to the Secretary General and the Chairman of the Security Council of the International Organization on the deployment of a UN mission at the contact line in Donbass to ensure the safety of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission staff. Putin stressed that the deployment of the UN contingent was possible only after the withdrawal of weapons and with the consent of the Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics.

Immediately afterwards, Kiev stated that the format of the mission in Donbass proposed by the president of the Russian Federation did not suit Ukraine, which insisted on placing "peacekeeping forces" on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

DONi News Agency