Klimkin: Resolution on UN peacekeepers in occupied Donbas drafted long time ago
Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin says that Ukraine, the United States, Germany, and France long ago prepared a joint resolution draft for the United Nations Security Council on the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission to Russian-occupied Donbas, eastern Ukraine.
"The resolution was prepared long time ago. We've got agreement with our friends – the United States, Germany and France," Klimkin told reporters on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York City, the United States, after a meeting with his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó on September 26.
Klimkin said that on September 25 he again discussed the subject during talks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
"We will submit the joint resolution. When are we going to do this? This will be a resolution on behalf of all of us. To make this, we need to continue to put pressure on Russia, because it is now trying to block any real peacekeeping operation in every way possible," Klimkin said.
In his words, at his meetings in NYC he explained that not only a military component is important, but an international administration and police should also be deployed. "Otherwise, Russia will continue to try to control the occupied areas, as the whole idea of the so-called Russian-style 'peacekeeping operation,' this fake peacekeeping mission, is to launch regionalization and federalization of Ukraine," Klimkin said.