Steinmeier: Peacekeepers in Ukraine are only possible with all parties' consent

20 february 2015 | 09:45

German Foreign Minister announced that the idea of peacekeepers' ​​involvement in the Donbas had been discussed in Minsk.

Steinmeier: Peacekeepers in Ukraine are only possible with all parties’ consent
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier believes that primarily a consensus should be reached before the final decision regarding a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas. He also thinks the sides should agree which countries will take part in the mission.

"It all takes time. We need to check if this is possible," – announced the head of the German Ministry, reports "Ukrinform".

Steinmeier emphasized that this mission is possible if there is a stable ceasefire. But the situation is "very fragile" now.

German Foreign Minister also said that the idea of ​​involving peacekeepers had been announced at a meeting in Minsk last week, but had not been included in the final documents of the "Normandy Four" summit.

Earlier today Steinmeier has promised to carefully consider Kyiv's proposal on peacekeeping mission in the Donbas.

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Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, Vitaliy Churkin announced that the decision to invite peacekeepers to Ukraine contradicts Minsk agreements.

On February 18, the NSDC approved an appeal to the UN and EU about the deployment of peacekeeping missions, which should support peace and security on the Ukrainian territory. President Poroshenko suggested at the meeting that the best format for the peacekeeping mission in Ukraine would be European Police Mission (EUPM).

Source: ZN.UA

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