Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.
Putin told a press conference following the BRICS summit in China that he agrees to the idea of deploying the U.N. peacekeepers in the Donbas only along the contact line to ensure safety of OSCE observers, and instructed the Russian Foreign Ministry to introduce a relevant resolution for consideration by the U.N. Security Council.
He stressed that the issue of the peacekeepers' dispatch cannot be "dragged" through the U.N. General Assembly because the organization's peacekeepers can be deployed only by decision of the Security Council.
"You say that someone wants to drag something through… In fact, I don't see anything wrong here. I have repeatedly said that I support the idea of arming the OSCE mission, but the organization itself, the OSCE, refuses to arm its employees, since it has neither the relevant personnel nor the experience of such work," Putin said.
According to him, the deployment of the U.N. peacekeepers or people who provide security for the OSCE mission is "quite appropriate."
"I do not see anything wrong here; on the contrary, I believe that this would contribute to the solution of the problem in the southeast of Ukraine, but, of course, it should be about a function of ensuring safety of the OSCE staff. Second: these forces must remain on the line of demarcation, not on any other territories. Third: this issue should be decided only after the parties are separated and heavy equipment is withdrawn," Putin said.
Ukraine's representative in Humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite contact group in Minsk talks, deputy speaker of Ukrainian parliament Iryna Herashchenko commented on Putin's statement and said the Kremlin scenarios will fail; peacekeepers must be introduced across all Russia-occupied territories.
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