Volker names countries ready to send peacekeepers to Donbas
U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has named a number of countries that are ready to send their troops to Donbas, eastern Ukraine, within the UN peacekeeping mission.
According to the official, a number of states have already stated they will be ready to contribute to the mission, namely Sweden, Finland, Austria, Belarus, Serbia and Turkey. In his opinion, this is a good range of countries that includes several states being considered in Russia more as part of the West, while some states as part of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). A sense of balance would be logical, he told Ekho Moskvy Radio on September 24.
At the same time, the diplomat confirmed that the peacekeeping forces in Donbas should operate with the UN mandate.
Volker added that the organization of peacekeepers' deployment is subject to discussion. But from a fundamental point of view, after their full deployment, this should be genuine peacekeeping forces controlling the security situation in the region.