Denis Pushilin comments on reports in Western media concerning plans to deploy UN forces in Donbass
The number of peacekeepers proposed by the United States of America for deployment in Donbass exceeds reasonable necessity and such numbers may prevent the OSCE observers from carrying out their duties. It was reported by the permanent plenipotentiary representative of the DPR in the Contact group at negotiations in Minsk Denis Pushilin to RIA Novosti.
Previously, the Wall Street Journal, referring to diplomatic sources in Washington and the EU, reported that the United States intended to propose a plan to deploy 20,000 peacekeepers in the east of Ukraine and the American representatives looked forward to discuss this with the Russian colleagues in the near future.
ʺWith regard to the stated number of 20,000 peacekeepers in the American press, it is clear that this number exceeds reasonable necessity. The number of the OSCE observers in Donbass is 550 people. It turns out that there will be more than 30 blue helmets per an OSCE observer. The question that arises is: why such excessive redundancy? It can have the opposite effect – it might prevent the observers from executing their functions. Not to mention the other consequences that come to mind in such absurd proposals,ʺ Denis Pushilin said.
The plenipotentiary representative also mentioned that the format and size of the security mission for the OSCE was a subject of separate discussion within the framework of the Minsk dialogue.