Rada grants access to foreign forces to maintain peace, security

The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada has backed amendments to the Law "On the Access Procedure and Terms of the Presence of Foreign Military Units on the Territory of Ukraine."

The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada has backed amendments to the Law "On the Access Procedure and Terms of the Presence of Foreign Military Units on the Territory of Ukraine."

The law, which gives foreign forces access to Ukraine for maintaining peace and security, was supported by 240 deputies on June 4, an Interfax correspondent reports.

The parliament supplemented Article 3 of the law with a provision declaring that the purpose of the presence of foreign forces in Ukraine could be "assistance rendered at the Ukrainian request in the form of an international peacekeeping and security operation on its territory authorized by the UN or the EU."

The law prohibited the involvement of armies of the states "which unleash armed aggression against Ukraine" in such operations.

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a government meeting on May 20 that they would request that the parliament give access to foreign military units holding peacekeeping and security operations authorized by the UN or the EU.

He reminded the government that the Ukrainian president and the NSDC had proposed to deploy a peacekeeping force in the areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions temporarily uncontrolled by the Ukrainian authorities "with the purpose of the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements and the restoration of full control by the Ukrainian state over the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the state border between Ukraine and Russia."

The prime minister said that the opening of a UN office in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions was under consideration to support "the implementation of the Minsk deal."

 

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