Rada authorizes deployment of peacekeepers in Ukraine
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Thursday adopted a government bill on amendments to the law "On the order of admission and conditions of stay of the armed forces of other states on the territory of Ukraine," according to an UNIAN correspondent.
The corresponding decision, No. 2953, was supported by 240 MPs out of 327 registered in the session hall.
According to the explanatory note, the implementation of the law will create the necessary conditions for the deployment of an international peacekeeping and security mission on the territory of Ukraine that should ensure the normalization of the situation, the restoration of the rule of law and life activity, the constitutional rights and freedoms of the residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and to facilitate the return of displaced people to their homes.
An international peacekeeping and security mission in Ukraine will provide an opportunity to ensure the effective implementation of the Protocol, following consultations of the Tripartite Liaison Group on joint steps that are aimed at implementation of the peace plan of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of September 5, 2014, a memorandum of 19 September 2014 on the implementation of the abovementioned protocol and a set of measures to implement the Minsk agreements of February 12, 2015.
The law says that the purpose of the deployment of the armed forces of other states on the territory of Ukraine is the provision of assistance to Ukraine in the form of an international peacekeeping and security mission on the basis of the decision of the UN and/or the EU.
It is established that potential carriers of nuclear weapons and other types of mass destruction are permitted under international treaties of Ukraine for short-term accommodation in Ukraine on condition that Ukraine will monitors their stay on its territory.
The law prohibits the admission to the territory of Ukraine of the armed forces of states that have not recognized its independence and territorial integrity, or impose territorial claims, or have unleashed armed aggression against Ukraine.
Among the requirements, the law establishes the time to achieve the purpose of the stay.
It is established that the proposal on the admission of the armed forces of other states on the territory of Ukraine, including those who participate in the international peacekeeping and security mission will be submitted to the National Security and Defense Council by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine by agreement with other interested central executive authorities.