Advocating for the Russian version of the UN draft resolution on the UN peacekeepers in Donbas, where Moscow offers that the mission be deployed along the line of contact between the warring sides, Zakharova claims that the draft was "distorted in many Ukrainian media outlets" and "presented in an absolutely different way," TASS reports.
Read alsoKremlin says no talk of deploying UN mission on Ukrainian-Russian border"One of the serious problems in the settlement is ensuring the safety of the OSCE observers. With this in view, on September 5 we submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council under which a UN mission equipped with small arms is to be deployed to protect the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE," she said.
Zakharova said it was "fundamentally crucial" that the UN mission not become a substitute for the Contact Group or the Normandy Four.
Read alsoEU envoy to Russia: No connection between peacekeepers in Donbas and Russian sanctions rollback"Besides, it is important to adhere to certain terms. The mandate of the mission must be clearly restricted in its functions, the deployment of the mission comes after disengagement of the sides and pullback of hardware and only with the consent of the sides," Zakharova said.
Read alsoPoroshenko, Merkel discuss Donbas peacekeeping idea over phone"Demands we hear from Kyiv that the mission must be deployed on all territories of the 'DPR' and 'LPR' including along the whole line of the border with Russia, wreck the existing formats and succession of the moves on the Minsk agreements," the diplomat said.
Read alsoKremlin furious over draft UN Resolution calling Russia "aggressor state"She reiterated that control over the border is the final point of the Minsk-2 agreements after Kyiv’s implementation of a number of political commitments.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on August 22, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared his intention to present the idea of deploying a peacekeeping mission in Donbas at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, which started its work in New York City on September 12.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on September 5 he considered the deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbas "quite appropriate," but only along the line of contact and with the aim of protecting the OSCE mission. At the same time, he stressed the issue could not be resolved without direct contact with representatives of pro-Russian militants in Donbas. Following that, Russia sent a draft resolution to the UN leadership regarding the deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas.
Read alsoExpert says Putin prepares plan B for DonbasIn turn, Petro Poroshenko said on September 7 that the UN peacekeepers should be deployed throughout the temporarily occupied territory, including an uncontrolled section of the border with the Russian Federation.
On September 8, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov elaborated on Putin's statement about peacekeepers along the line of contact in Donbas. "It's not the UN forces, it's the mission to facilitate protection of OSCE observers. It is fully in line with the logic of the Minsk agreements," said Lavrov.
September 20, Poroshenko warned that there is no place for the representatives of the aggressor in the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas.