Russia Rejects Ukraine's Claim It Proposed Soldier-Peacekeepers For Donbass
16:15 01.05.2015(updated 17:23 01.05.2015)
Russian Presidential Secretary Dmitri Peskov has officially denied a claim made by the press office of Ukraine's president, which stated that in the course of a recent telephone conversation in the Normandy Four format, President Vladimir Putin had proposed sending Russian peacekeepers to Donbass.
The press release, published Thursday on the Ukrainian president's website, states that 'in the context of discussing the ways of peaceful settlement, President Putin agreed to an opportunity of deploying peacekeeping contingent in Donbass.' The statement also notes that 'the Ukrainian President has emphasized the inadmissibility of sending so-called Russian humanitarian convoys through the uncontrolled border area between Ukraine and Russia.'
Speaking to journalists on Friday, Peskov denied the claim, stating that Russia has made it clear that 'until the Minsk Accords and all their points are met, we consider the raising of any other issues, including peacekeepers, an absolutely incorrect thing to do.'
The Press Secretary added that 'Russia has never challenged the idea of peacekeepers, but neither Russia nor any other party can provide consent for their deployment. This can be decided on only by the interested parties in the conflict –Kiev and Donbass.'
Peskov emphasized that 'a document exists, signed by representatives of Kiev and Donbass and guaranteed by three countries. The points of this agreement must be fulfilled in a concrete way.'
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