Wrong to discuss peacekeeping until Minsk deal is met - Peskov

Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov has refuted Kyiv's claims that Russia has allegedly agreed to the deployment of peacekeepers in the Ukrainian conflict zone.

Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov has refuted Kyiv's claims that Russia has allegedly agreed to the deployment of peacekeepers in the Ukrainian conflict zone.

"We think it is absolutely wrong to raise any other questions, among them peacekeeping, until all texts of the Minsk agreements and their specific provisions are fulfilled," Peskov told reporters on Friday.

He said, though, "Russia has never disputed the idea of peacekeeping but neither Russia nor any other side can agree upon this. First and foremost, this should be done by the parties to the conflict - Kyiv and Donbas."

"For now, the OSCE, the leading organization for security and cooperation in Europe, should accomplish its mission," Peskov underlined.

"There is a document signed by representatives of Kyiv and Donbas and guaranteed by three countries. Provisions of this agreement must be complied with in a concrete manner," Peskov said.

The press service of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration claimed on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged a possibility of the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in Donbas in the telephone conversation held in the "Normandy format" earlier on that day.

"During consideration of peaceful settlement ways, President Putin agreed with the possibility to deploy a peacekeeping contingent in Donbas," the press service said after the conversation between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany.

 

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