Ukraine's Foreign Ministry: No Belarusian peacekeepers in Donbas without peers from NATO states
Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says here will be no peacekeepers from Belarus in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, if there are no peacekeepers from NATO member states.
"As far as I know, Belarus has not withdrawn from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and is its member. And if we exclude NATO, then it is logical that we do not speak about CSTO members' participation in that mission," Ukraine's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Integration Lana Zerkal said on Channel 5.
Read alsoU.S. ready to help stop war in Donbas - VolkerSpeaking of the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission to Donbas, she said that talks on it with the self-proclaimed republics, "DPR" and "LPR," are out of question as they are not a party to the conflict.
"Not only we, but also all our Western partners see it the same way," Zerkal said.
In her words, meetings between U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov are held in order to "make Russia understand that no one will play by its rules."
"Now I think that the main and really key issue is that peacekeepers should be deployed along the border of Ukraine with Russia and then how the mission will be unfolding in phases. Debates on this issue have been continuing for some time," Zerkal said.