Kyiv against Belarusian peacekeepers in Donbas

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that there will not Belarusian peacekeepers in Donbas without NATO peacekeepers in the region. This statement was made by Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine for European Integration Olena Zerkal on the air of “Channel 5.”

“As far as I know, Belarus has not left the CSTO and is a member of this organization. And if we exclude NATO, it is logical that we are not talking about the fact that the CSTO countries are also taking part in this mission,” said Zerkal.

In her statement, the representative of the Ukrainian Ministry also noted that the issue of the peacekeeping mission in Donbas “no one will play by the rules of Russia.”

“They [Russia] are constantly trying to promote the idea that we should conduct all talks with LPR and DPR. It is clear that LPR and DPR are not party to the conflict. It is clear not only to us but to all our Western partners. Therefore, meetings of Walker, Surkov continue. It is done in order to make Russia understand that no-one will play by their rules,” said the deputy minister.

Last week, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said that Belarus is very interested in resolving the conflict in Donbas region, thus it is ready to send peacekeepers to the demarcation line in Donbas, if such an agreement is reached with Russian and Ukrainian side.

Belarus has never used the peacekeepers or international military missions.

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