The Administration of the United States of America stated that in case of deployment of the UN peacekeepers in the east of Ukraine, the mission should not include Russian personnel, the US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker reported.

He noted that the mission should be able to move freely throughout the Donbas and control only the Ukrainian part of the border with the Russian Federation.

“The force must have access to the Ukraine-Russia border and not have any Russian personnel in it.”

Volker stressed that he would continue holding talks with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov on the deployment of peacekeepers.

“What we are trying to do is clarify the options. If they want to dig in, they can, but it’s going to cost a lot. If they want to move on, it can be something we all agree on and we can find a way to make that work out.”

He went on saying that Ukraine has responsibilities within the framework of the Minsk agreements, in particular, holding local elections in the east of the country, granting the region a special status and amnesty to the separatists, which are possible after the Russian president has fulfilled his part of the agreements.

QHA reported that the introduction of the UN peacekeeping mission into the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions could cost up to one billion dollars. The introduction of peacekeepers will also depend on whether Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to resolve the conflict through the deployment of UN peacekeepers.

Source: Washington Post