DUSHANBE, July 30, /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday expressed his disappointment over the U.N. Security Council’s inability to confirm the key provisions of resolution 2166 on the Malaysian Boeing crash.
"Ending hostilities in a territory where the Malaysian Boeing’s wreckage is still lying should be a priority step to be taken to fulfill resolution 2166,” Lavrov said.
He recalled how President Poroshenko had ordered an end to military hostilities within a range of 40 kilometers around the Boeing crash site and how his order was followed by a statement of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council which said the Ukrainian army would stop the security operation only after militias were squeezed out of the crash area.
On Tuesday evening, the United States, Britain and Lithuania rejected a Russia-proposed statement on the need to respect resolution 2166.
Lavrov denied allegations that Russia and the militia fighters were blocking assess of international inspectors to the Boeing crash site.
“I have seen an interview with OSCE representatives, including the Dutch, who were tried to get to the crash area accompanied by militias who were protecting their security. But they could not do that because the Ukrainian army grossly violated the U.N. Security Council resolution,” Lavrov went on to say.
Considering the absurdity of the current situation, Lavrov dared to suggest that perhaps Russia should send peacekeepers to the area to provide international access to the Boeing crash site.
“Against the background of these obvious facts and calls on Russia to ensure access of international experts to the crash site, I do not have any other reaction than to urge the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution inviting Russia to deploy its peacekeepers on the perimeter of the Boeing crash area for security reasons if everybody is so sure that only Russia can do anything about it and it is impossible to do business with the Kiev authorities any longer,” Lavrov said.