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Immediate introduction of peacekeepers in Ukraine impossible - opinion

February 24, 2015, 1:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, February 24. /TASS/. It is impossible to introduce international peacekeeping units in Ukraine in the short term, contrary to what the country’s president, Pyotr Poroshenko, insists on, Dr. Alexei Pushkov, the chairman of the State Duma foreign policy committee said on this page in Twitter on Monday.

He indicated that preparations for launching the peacekeepers mission would take time and, besides, the parties to the process in Ukraine still had differences on a possible composition of the peacekeeping force.

Considering Russia’s right to veto at the UN Security Council, Kiev would not be able to obtrude its will on it, Dr. Pushkov said.

"Poroshenko must stop the war instead of complicating the situation further," he said.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said earlier Kiev had begun preliminary discussions with members of the Security Council on the start of a peacekeeping operation in the zone of conflict in southeastern Ukraine.

Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council endorsed Poroshenko’s proposal on February 18 to appeal for the UN and the EU for an introduction of peacekeepers to the zone of conflict in Donbass. The council secretary, Alexander Turchinov, said the peacekeeping contingent should be deployed not only along the line of disengagement in the zone of conflict but also along the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russians state border.

Sergei Naryshkin, the speaker of the State Duma said in response invitation of peacekeepers to Ukraine was a possible element of erosion of the Minsk Accords.

EU commissioner for expansion and neighborhood policy, Johannes Han, also made a recommendation to Kiev to continue abiding by the accords.

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