Russia has an absolutely firm position on the deployment of the UN peacekeeping contingent in the Donbass, it must work in support of the OSCE mission, Andrey Kelin, director of the department for pan-European cooperation of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"Our position is that the UN operation should be carried out in support of the OSCE mission.The work of the OSCE special monitoring mission has been going on for quite some time, it has its shortcomings, in particular, its reports are not always objective, but on the whole that the OSCE mission is a part of the Minsk agreements, for which we are not only advocating, but all the countries participating in the Norman format. And we can hear signals from the USA that they stand for fulfilling Minsk-2," the Russian diplomat said.
"So peacekeepers are called to protect OSCE observers, and how they will do this is another matter. I know that those who are responsible for the mission in the OSCE itself have certain doubts about this (on the mechanism of the peacekeeping mission work - ed.), because there is an opinion that observers in their current form - unarmed, civilians - will be more secure than if they are attached to an armed person," Kelin said.
Answering the question whether Russia really does not intend to abandon its original position on peacekeepers, he noted that "at the moment our position here is absolutely firm, it is absolutely justified."
"It's based on the Minsk agreements' implementation. There are political guarantees for the population of the Donbass, which means constitutional amendments, it means amnesty, means elections, and the issue of the Russian-Ukrainian border is the last one to talk," Kelin explained.
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