EU responded to Ukraine’s request for peacekeepers: OSCE can contribute to achieving real cease-fire in East Ukraine

A European Commissioner considers the request for peacekeepers to be sent to Ukraine speculative. The EU commented on the request of Ukraine to send a peacekeeping contingent to the Donbas: Let us implement the Minsk Agreement and not speculate on "other possibilities".

EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn stated on Friday that the priority for the EU in resolving the conflict in Ukraine is the Minsk Agreement, Censor.NET reports citing zn.ua.

He noted that President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko suggested some ideas (the key one is the introduction of EU peacekeepers under the UN resolution. - ed.) to resolve the situation in Ukraine.

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Hahn stated that President Poroshenko made suggestions and offered some initiative but that EU's understanding is that there is a need to focus on specific implementation of the Minsk agreements and that there is no need to speculate about other options. He called on everyone to focus on the Minsk agreement.

He expressed the view that the OSCE could contribute to achieve real cease-fire in the east of Ukraine.

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Hahn added that there was a humanitarian catastrophe in the East Ukraine.

Earlier, Poroshenko called on Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande "not to pretend that what is happens in Debaltseve corresponds to the Minsk agreement."

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n325553