The state Department called for the deployment of peacekeepers on the border of Russia and Ukraine
Washington supported the position of Kiev on the issue of deployment of peacekeepers in the Donbass. The U.S. state Department believes that a UN force should be deployed throughout the territory of Donbas up to the border with Russia.
The United Nations peacekeeping force should have a broad mandate, which should cover all controlled by the proclaimed DNR and LNR the territory up to the border with Russia. This was stated by state Department spokesman USA Heather Nauert, responding to the question of the Ukrainian Agency “UKRINFORM” during a briefing for foreign journalists.
“Such forces should have a broad mandate to ensure peace and security throughout the occupied territory of Ukraine up to the border with Russia in order to avoid deepening or legitimization of a split in Ukraine”, — said Neuert.
The state Department representative noted that the deployment of UN peacekeeping forces can help to restore the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. According to her, Washington is considering the placement of peacekeeping forces “as a possibility to protect Ukrainian citizens regardless of their ethnicity and nationality”.
The state Department spokesman reiterated that the United States advocate for full implementation of the Minsk agreements. Thus, in the first place, according to her, the need to fulfill the requirement for security in the Donbass. “It is important at the outset to ensure security conditions, and we once again call on Russia to introduce real and sustainable ceasefire,” — said Nauert, adding that it also required the withdrawal of heavy weapons and grant access to observers to all areas, up to the border with Russia.