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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Russia rules out the possibility of deploying a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Donbas without a prior consent by militants.

Read alsoU.S. analyst looks at odds of UN peacekeepers' success in Donbas"Our position hasn't changed. Russia's position is absolutely consistent and well-known. The main idea here is that it is impossible to make any decisions about the deployment of international missions without negotiating and reaching an agreement and consensus with representatives of the Donbas 'republics'. This is exactly what President Putin said," he told journalists, answering an UNIAN correspondent's question on whether Vladimir Putin's earlier statement claiming that the Kremlin "is not against" putting the occupied Donbas under international control means that the Kremlin no longer fears a "massacre" that may follow the UN mission deployment throughout the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

As UNIAN reported earlier, speaking at a joint press conference with Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz on February 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia "is not against" putting the occupied Donbas under international control.