Kremlin fears Ukraine to turn UN peacekeepers into "occupation troops" in Donbas
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said Ukraine intends to turn UN peacekeepers into "occupation troops," but Russia will not allow "cutting contacts" of the occupied Donbas "with the outside world," according to an UNIAN correspondent in the Russian Federation.
"Our position is fixed in the resolution, which has been lying on the table of the UN Security Council for a couple of months, while its consideration is being sabotaged first of all by Ukraine, which does not want to ensure the safety of the OSCE observers performing functions of monitoring the compliance with Minsk agreements, it wants to have the occupation forces enter – to cut all contacts of Donbas with the outside world and then establish their own order there, completely ignoring the Minsk agreements," Lavrov said at a joint press conference in Moscow with the head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Makei.
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Russia's foreign minister said that Moscow had heard statements from other capitals, where "more responsible people are engaged in this settlement" and are in favor of working on the Russian proposal. A similar proposal was made by U.S. Special Representative Kurt Volker, Lavrov said.
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According to him, there must be an agreement between Ukraine and militants "controlling" Donetsk and Luhansk. "We are ready for this draft resolution to be discussed as quickly as possible, but with full understanding that its final wording should be acceptable to the proclaimed 'republics.' Probably, in this connection it is necessary to conduct direct negotiations with them," Lavrov said.