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Russia pins hopes on West's common sense in deployment of UN mission in Donbass

PRAGUE, November 16. /TASS/. Moscow hopes for a display of common sense by Western counterparts regarding the deployment of a UN mission in eastern Ukraine, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told TASS on Thursday.

"This is a knotty issue and its knottiest aspect arise from Kiev's desire to resolve everything in one swoop strike, by a short cavalry charge, by crossing out the previous Minsk accords and the importance of a buildup of dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk," he said. "Yet there's no resolving such things at one bout. A discussion of precisely determined modalities of the future UN mission is needed."

"It’s really difficult to imagine that the international community, and Russia in the first place, could agree to isolation of Donetsk and Lugansk with the aid of a UN mission of some sort," Karasin said. "We always cherish the hope for common sense on the part of the West."

He recalled that the main goal of sending a UN mission to Donbass is to step up the safety and security of members of the Special Monitoring Mission [SMM] of the OSCE, which is already there.

"However, some people begin to forget the fact today and start talking about a peacekeeping operation under the UN umbrella but these are two different things and we should be very careful with the definitions of these crucial provisions," Karasin said.

"We'll continue promulgating our position and trying to convince the Western partners of Kiev's wanting support in the form of meaningfulness on some problems."

At President Putin’s instruction, on September 5 the Russian mission to the UN sent the Secretary General and UN Security Council President a draft resolution on deploying a UN mission along the Line of Contact in Donbass, the objective of which would be to assure security of the OSCE monitors.

Putin made it clear that deployment of the UN contingent would be possible only after the pullback of weaponry from the Line of Contact and upon getting consent from the Lugansk and Donetsk republics. Officials in Kiev said immediately after that Ukraine was discontent with the format of the mission in Donbass proposed by Putin and it insisted on deployment of ‘peacekeeping units’ on the Ukrainian-Russian border.