Russia’s Peskov says deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas should be discussed with separatists

The Kremlin says that the decision to deploy an international peacekeeping contingent in the Donbas should be taken "with due consideration to the opinion" of the Russian-backed militants.

As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, spokesperson for President Vladimir Putin of Russia Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

"It is important to put together the points of view of all concerned parties," Peskov said.

According to him, "if the initiative is put forward, then it is subject to a discussion with the parties to the conflict: Kyiv on one side and unrecognized republics on the other."

He also stressed that Moscow had long advocated a direct dialogue between Kyiv and the militants.

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"We need to understand the attitude to such an initiative of the U.N.: whether it can be implemented, whether it is considered feasible from technological, political and other points of view. The opinion of all the parties to the Normandy format matters," Peskov said.

Asked a followed-up question about Russia's attitude to such an initiative, Peskov said: "No decision can be made without contacts with the leaders of these republics, without taking into account their opinion."

He also said the Kremlin advocated thorough investigation of the incident involving the OSCE car that tripped a mine in the area of the Donbas occupied by the Russian-backed militants.

Peskov failed to comment whether Russia would take part in the investigation of the incident. "The main thing is to actually carry out the investigation. This is a crucial task. Who exactly will hold this investigation again depends on the agreements between the parties concerned," he added.

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As reported, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He proposed to intensify talks on deployment of an international peacekeeping contingent in the Donbas under the auspices of the U.N.
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