Denis Pushilin: UN contingent can only enter Donbass as guarding mission for OSCE monitors

The Donetsk People’s Republic is against the involvement of NATO in the issue of introducing the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbass, DPR Permanent Representative to the negotiations of the Contact Group in Minsk Denis Pushilin told RIA Novosti.

According to the DPR envoy, the Donbass negatively views the idea of Kiev to involve NATO in the issue of deploying peacekeepers to the territory of the DPR.

“Our position on peacekeepers remains unchanged. The deployment of a peacekeeping contingent is possible only in the form of a guarding mission for OSCE observers. We are not surprised by Kiev’s desire to use any options to cleanse the Donbass – with the help of the UN contingent, NATO troops, or other formations. But the thing is that Kiev does not abandon hopes for a violent way to end this conflict, it is a fact,” Denis Pushilin said.

Besides, he clarified that at the moment the only proposal on the peacekeeping contingent registered in the UN Security Council is the resolution by Russia.

“There are no answers, amendments, proposals, counter offers from any of the countries. There are many different statements that contradict each other, as, indeed, the last statement of the president of Ukraine. But for the time being they are groundless,” Denis Pushilin said.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that he supports the idea of sending UN peacekeepers to Ukraine, and their functions should be limited only to ensuring the safety of OSCE personnel. However, in the opinion of the Kiev authorities, the UN mission should have a broader mandate and be located throughout the Donbass region up to the border with Russia, which does not coincide with the position of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

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