NATO supports idea of UN peacekeepers in Donbas and at Russia border, - Stoltenberg


NATO Alliance supports the idea to introduce a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the east of Ukraine throughout the conflict area, including the border with Russia that Ukraine no longer controls.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Radio Svoboda, Censor.NET reports.

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"We welcome all ideas and proposals that can help us implement the Minsk agreement, meaning respect the cease-fire, withdrawal of heavy weapons," he said.

Speaking about a Russian proposal to send United Nations peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine, Stoltenberg said the troops should patrol the whole conflict zone including the border between Russia and the separatist-held parts of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which Kyiv says is used to ship weapons and military personnel in from Russia.

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On Sept. 5, Russian President Putin said deployment of U.N. peacekeepers in the Donbas was quite appropriate for solving of the conflict in the region, but only along the line of contact and with the aim of protecting the OSCE mission.

Ukraine's representative in Humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite contact group in Minsk talks, deputy speaker of Ukrainian parliament Iryna Herashchenko commented on Putin's statement and said the Kremlin scenarios will fail; peacekeepers must be introduced across all Russia-occupied territories.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n458205