FM Prystaiko sees deployment of peacekeepers to Donbas as alternative to Minsk agreements
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko says that the deployment of a peacekeeping mission to Russia-occupied Donbas could be an alternative to the Minsk peace agreements.
The Foreign Ministry has got "a folder with Plan B in case Plan A does not work," he told the Ukrainian news agency RBC-Ukraine in an interview.
"I have said many times this could be a peacekeeping operation. It is not foreseen by the Minsk process at all. And even when it is discussed by the leaders, a fair question arises: Are we going to withdraw from the Minsk deal? That is, I did not say anything 'anti- Minsk.' On the contrary, the leaders have long been discussing the possibility of changes that provide for the possibility of a peacekeeping mission," Prystaiko said.
At the same time, the minister noted that if this option does not work, for example, if Russia blocks a UN Security Council decision and no peacekeepers are deployed, the diplomatic system will probably offer Plan C.
"And we have a few more options in stock that have already been outlined to the president in general terms," Prystaiko added.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Foreign Minister Prystaiko said that Ukraine could withdraw from the Minsk agreements in case of the failure of a Normandy summit, which is expected to take place before the end of the year.