Special Representative of the US State Department for Ukraine Kurt Volker and adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin Vladislav Surkov will hold talks on the introduction of UN peacekeepers in the Donbas in October.

Former US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft made a relevant statement in an interview with reporters.

“We are convinced that the mandate of such a mission should be based on respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and to contribute to the aim of restoring its territorial integrity. The UN peacekeeping force should have a broad mandate that would allow them to operate in all conflict areas, including the possibility of international control of the Ukrainian side of the border between Ukraine and Russia in order to avoid deepening or institutionalizing the dividing lines within Ukraine itself,” he said.

Tefft further stressed that in case a particular progress achieved in the Donbas issue, the US will be able to lift some of the sanctions against Russia. However, he noted that this matter is not being considered yet.

Earlier, the former US Ambassador to the UN in 2005-2006, John Bolton expressed the opinion that the introduction of peacekeepers in the Donbas would result in freezing the conflict and would not help restore Ukraine's control over the occupied territories.

The State Department believes that the peacekeeping forces in the East of Ukraine should have a broad mandate. On September 13, the Head of the press service of the US State Department Heather Nauert said that peacekeepers should be deployed on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

Source: Kommersant