MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. Moscow hopes that next year will be able to move forward on the issue of the UN mission in the Donbass, but this should not occur without regard for political interests of Donetsk and Lugansk. This was stated by state Secretary, Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Grigory Karasin in interview to the newspaper “Kommersant”, which was posted Tuesday on the newspaper’s website.
“I hope that next year we will be able to take steps in this direction (the placement of the UN Mission for the protection of OSCE observers), but this movement should not come at the expense of political interests of Donetsk and Lugansk,” – said Karasin .
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“Of the proposed resolution is seen that the main task of the peacekeepers is to ensure the security of the special monitoring mission of OSCE, – noted the senior diplomat. We see attempts to change this concept towards the introduction of some kind of external administration in the South-East with the overlapping of the border between Donbass and Russia.”
Karasin stressed that this can not be and speeches, “Russia will never allow it”. “We advocate that the UN peacekeepers were guarding the OSCE observers, this actually is the essence of our proposal, he said. – Around this resolution, a lot of diplomatic and political work”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on 14 December during a press conference noted that Moscow is not against to deliver the Donbas under international control, but that Kiev should negotiate directly with the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR). He reminded that earlier Russia introduced a security Council draft resolution on placement in the Donbass, the UN force which will deal with the protection of observers Special monitoring mission of the OSCE.
Grigory Karasin added that the return of the Russian officers in the Joint center for control and coordination of ceasefire (SCCC) in the Donbass is theoretically possible, but requires international safeguards appropriate attitude to them.
“In our lives, nothing is impossible, but you need to change the position of Kiev, to make the conditions was guaranteed and not dependent on the will of the Ukrainian policy, – he said, answering the question of whether the Russian officers to return to JCCC. – It should be an approved code of international relations to our officers.”
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Karasin added that the decision on withdrawal of the Russian officers SCCC was justified because of the Ukrainian authorities, according to the diplomat, humiliated the Russian officers. “It concerns domestic issues, inspections at the border (including undressing), and human communication,” he explained.
Representatives of the Russian Federation that were part of the JCCC, December 19, left the Donbass. The Russian foreign Ministry said earlier that the executing officers of their duties was “impossible because of the actions of the Ukrainian side.” The tasks of the Russian military to oversee compliance with the ceasefire, the interaction with the conflicting parties and the OSCE observers participate in the resolution of disputes relating to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that officers from Russia can return to JCCC, if Kiev will provide them with working conditions.
Grigory Karasin said that the Kiev of ignoring the interests of the residents of Donbass is a road to nowhere for the settlement process. “First, we need to understand whether or not Kiev Donbass part of Ukraine? Apparently, Yes, although I can’t be sure, because there strengthened the party of radicals, which considers that Donbass should be cut, – said Karasin. Second: if you believe the region is part of Ukraine, why do you refuse to speak to your fellow citizens?”
“Yes, they have a different point of view: they did not agree with the coup in Kiev, they fear for their own lives and their families, they do not want to live under the dictates of power, which deprives people of the right to speak Russian language well, and so on, their position known, he said. – If in Kiev want a solution, let him engage in dialogue with people living in the Donbass! The opportunity is there”.
“We agree on some forms of interaction, create additional structures of bilateral interaction, – noticed Karasin. But any ideas about this expressed, there are only “country-aggressor”, and the residents of Donbas do not seem to exist. This is a road to nowhere, so I’m pretty pessimistic about the near future”.