Russian UN veto of peacekeepers in Donbas 'could be overcome'
Ukraine has started consultations with the secretariat of the United Nations on a mechanism for inviting peacekeepers to the Donbas, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN Yuriy Serheiev said on U.S. broadcaster Voice of America on Friday, according to Ukrainian online newspaper Gordonua.com.
"In the morning we started consultations in the UN secretariat and with our partners on the development of tactics, on how to execute the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine,” Serheiev said.
“By the end of the day we will submit to the UN management our offers on the tactical steps. I think that we have several arguments in order to move forward with this initiative at the UN.
"Most of the delegations I have met with support the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to invite a peacekeeping mission [into Ukraine]," Serheiev said.
"They understand that the Minsk agreements have been jeopardized due to its non-implementation by the Russian side and the signatories from the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics,” he said.
“And in order to save these Minsk agreements, outside efforts are required. Such efforts can be represented by an international peacekeeping mission.”
Serheiev also said that an expected Russian veto in the United Nations concerning the peacekeeping mission in Ukraine could be overcome.
"This is a signal to Moscow - to stop, recover and go back to the agreements. Russia is losing its credibility. Here, in the UN, everybody understands that Russia’s signature on a document is worth as much as the paper on which it is placed," Serheiev said.
"We understand that the decision may be blocked. But there are other tactical steps to circumvent the veto. I will not talk about them, but they exist," he said.
He also said that the Russian Federation may be recognized as a party to the conflict.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on February 18 National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine approved the invitation of the UN and EU peacekeepers to the Donbas.
However, Russian State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said that the Minsk agreements did not provide for the invitation of peacekeepers.