FM Czaputowicz says Donbas war threatens Poland's security
Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz says Poland stands for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas since this is important for its own security.
Speaking about Ukraine after the ministerial debates at the UN Security Council in New York on Wednesday, Czaputowicz noted that he would welcome the UN decision to also participate in the resolution of conflict in eastern Ukraine by deploying peacekeeping forces in the area, PAP reports.
"It's difficult to reach an agreement on the issue, but the work is ongoing... Poland is one of the most active countries to this end, because the situation in Ukraine is very important for the security of our country," Czaputowicz said.
Read alsoHistorical dispute should not weaken Poland-Ukraine ties – Polish foreign ministerThe minister has noted that Poland sees great importance in observing the principle of countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity, recalling Russia's actions beyond the principles of international law, such as the annexation of Crimea and support for Donbas militants.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on September 20, 2017, President Poroshenko, speaking at the general debate of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, said that the UN peacekeeping mission should be deployed throughout the occupied Donbas, including the uncontrolled section of the border with Russia.
Read alsoU.S. questions how much it can trust Russia on peacekeepers in UkraineBefore that, Putin agreed to the deployment of UN peacekeepers only along the contact line in Donbas to "ensure safety" of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. He claimed that issue could not be resolved without Ukraine's direct contact with the "leaders" of Russian-backed militants in Donbas. Russia then sent the UN leadership a draft resolution on a peacekeeping mission in Donbas.
The United States, in turn, insists that the UN peacekeeping mission should have access to the Ukrainian-Russian border and should exclude Russian citizens.