DPR, LPR make affiliation to Ukraine conditional on Minsk accords

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics do not rule out they may be part of Ukraine if every provision of the Minsk agreements is observed.

 "Everything is said in the package of measures towards the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements. Once Ukraine observes every provision, we will see an entirely different country. And a decision regarding centralization, autonomy or federalization will be made on direct coordination with us," DPR chief negotiator in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin told the Russian News Service Radio on Thursday.

"If the country is united, it will be a whole new country, without corruption and oligarchs and with constitutional amendments coordinated with us [the LPR and the DPR]," he said.

Eduard Basurin of the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has said he is not opposed to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's proposal to deploy a peacekeeping contingent in the country.

"If they want to deploy [peacekeepers], let them do so. We do not object the deployment of peacekeepers on the border between Ukraine and the DPR," Basurin told a press briefing in Donetsk on Thursday.

"Recently, it has been very difficult for me to comment on the Ukrainian president's statements," he said. "First he said that they did not need any help, but later he said that he was unable to do anything without this assistance, especially military. And now he says that he needs peacekeepers," Basurin said.

"At the very beginning of the conflict, the rebels asked Russia and all member-countries of the [UN] Security Council to consider the possibility of sending peacekeepers there," he said.

A possible decision to deploy EU peacekeepers to Donbass may become an element eroding the Minsk deal for Ukraine, State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin told reporters on Thursday. "Indeed, the Minsk agreements do not stipulate such measures and, in my opinion, this may be an element eroding the Minsk deal," he said, answering an Interfax question.

The Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) discussed on Wednesday a proposal of President Petro Poroshenko to invite a peacekeeping mission to Ukraine. The NSDC approved an appeal to the UN and the EU requesting deployment of a peacekeeping mission on the Ukrainian territory.

Naryshkin said he would raise objections to the measure.

Read more: Agreement in Minsk: Will the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine work this time?

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