Russian Foreign Ministry: The West is burying the Minsk agreements

26.12.2017, Russia.

The West’s proposal on peacekeepers in Donbass will bury the Minsk agreements, the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Grigory Karasin said on December 26 in an interview to RIA Novosti.

According to Karasin, Russia’s proposal involves the deployment of peacekeepers to guard the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM). UN peacekeepers would follow SMM members wherever they go. This format, according to the Russian diplomat, is fully in line with the spirit and letter of the Minsk agreements.

In spite of the Russian proposal, the US, Germany, and France propose “a UN civil-military administration which would govern everything in the region,” Karasin said. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry official, instead of the Russia’s option, “an unworkable scheme of a ‘peacekeeping’ operation is proposed, which in fact aims at forcing the region back under the Ukrainian control using international troops.”

Recently, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Pavel Klimkin, said that Ukraine, the US, the Federal Republic of Germany, and France have developed a joint plan on peacekeepers in Donbass. According to The Wall Street Journal, the US suggests that 20 thousand servicemen should be deployed for the peacekeeping mission.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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