The U.S. state Department stated that the mandate of UN peacekeepers should be subject to all of the occupied territory of Donbass

Department of state: Germany agrees with the U.S. position on the UN peacekeepers in the Donbass

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The introduction of the peacekeeping mission of the United Nations in the Donbass will protect citizens from armed violence and contribute to the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, said at a briefing on September 13, the speaker of the U.S. State Department’s Heather Nauert.

“We see this as an opportunity to protect Ukrainian citizens regardless of their ethnicity and nationality,” said Neuert.

She added that the decision on UN peacekeepers can help restore the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. At the same time, the U.S. state Department spokesman stressed that the mandate of the UN mission should be extended to all of the occupied territory of Donbass.

“These forces should have a broad mandate to ensure peace and security throughout the occupied territory of Ukraine up to the border with Russia to avoid the spread of these divisions (of the Militants. – “GORDON”) and their legalization into Ukraine”, – said Neuert.

According to her, the other countries in the “Normandy format”, in particular, Germany, agrees with this position of the United States. Neuert stressed that Washington supports the efforts of implementatsii of the Minsk agreements. She added that the US special envoy Kurt Volker is making direct efforts in this direction.

“I also want to emphasize that it is important first of all to provide conditions of security, and we once again call on Russia to introduce real and sustainable ceasefire,” added Neuert.

She stressed the need for the withdrawal of heavy weapons and grant access to observers from the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe in all areas up to the international border with Russia.

September 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the presence of UN peacekeepers would benefit the resolution of the conflict in the East of Ukraine. He said that peacekeeping forces were placed on the line of contact between the parties and “any other areas”.

Representative of Kiev in the trilateral contact group on the peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbass Irina Gerashchenko rejected the idea, explaining that the contact line is not the Ukrainian border, so there can be no peacekeeping forces.

On the same day, Russia introduced a draft resolution for consideration by the UN Security Council.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov said that the UN peacekeeping mission needs to coordinate with all parties to the conflict in the Donbas, including “DNR” and “LNR”.

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine said that Kyiv will not accept negotiations with militants “DNR” and “LNR” on the peacekeeping mission.

September 11 in conversation with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, Putin admitted that the armed UN mission could be in the area of armed conflict in the Donbass not only on the line of contact.

September 20 the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will present his vision of the peacekeeping mission in the Donbas during the session of the UN General Assembly in new York.

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