United States to propose to deploy 20,000 peacekeepers in Donbass – WSJ

The US intends to propose a plan to deploy 20,000 international peacekeepers in Donbass, the Wall Street Journal reports referring to diplomatic sources in Washington and the EU.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he supported the idea to ​​send an armed contingent of the United Nations to Ukraine, but it could only be about the function of ensuring the security of the OSCE staff, while the ‘blue helmets’ should be deployed on the demarcation line only. At the same time, the press secretary of the head of the Russian state Dmitry Peskov called Moscow's position on the peacekeepers flexible.

US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, who previously found the proposal for the deployment of peacekeeping forces interesting, said he had discussed with the Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov the possibility of "developing" the initiative to provide border control and monitoring of heavy weapons, the newspaper writes.

Washington's proposal is designed to check the seriousness of Moscow's intentions, the publication adds. Furthermore, Western diplomats believe that the UN contingent should act not under the UN mandate, but under the aegis of the OSCE, the observers of which are already in Ukraine.

DONi News Agency