The UN peacekeepers should be involved to settle the Donbass conflict and to fulfill the Minsk agreements, said the United States Department of State on November 17 in its official press-release.
The Joint Statement on the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership document was published as a summary of the Ukrainian foreign minister’s visit to Washington, D.C. It is said that significant “international security forces” under the UN mandate would help create the “necessary security conditions” for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. The forces are supposed to be deployed on LPR and DPR territory as well as on the international border between Russia and Ukraine.
It is noted in the press-release that Ukraine has taken many steps to implement the Minsk agreements by prolonging of the law on special order of self-government in “certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions”. The Department of State also called Russia to implement its commitments under the agreements.
Also, the sides traditionally stressed the unwillingness to recognize that Crimea has joined Russia freely. This has to be counteracted by sanctions until the peninsula is returned to Ukraine.
It was discussed earlier that UN peacekeepers on the de-facto borders of LPR and DPR could legitimate the conflict and force Ukraine to reckon with the republics. But subsequently, Washington and the Kiev authorities introduced the idea to deploy UN peacekeepers to the entire territory of the republics and also to the Russian-Ukrainian border.
Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko spoke of this initiative as a move to restore Kiev’s control over the Donbass region. The US special representative in the country Kurt Volker categorically refused to deal with the existing authorities of the two republics and proposed to create temporary administrations in the region until the UN peacekeepers arrive.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency