“In regard to peacekeepers…from the very beginning, when this whole conflict began, we suggested the Russian Federation and all the other countries that are included in the UN Security Council to consider the issue of sending peacekeepers then. We were refused then. If they want to send them, then we’re not against it, let them send them,” Eduard Basurin said.
Earlier in the day, Denis Pushilin, who represented DPR at Ukraine peace talks in Belarus last week, said that the deployment of UN peacekeeping troops to Ukraine's eastern border with Russia will violate the Minsk ceasefire deal.
The same day, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko further specified that a EU police mission would be the best format for an international presence in Ukraine.
This move raised eyebrows in Moscow, with Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin saying it called the Minsk accords into question.
The mediators agreed that all foreign armed formations and military equipment be withdrawn from the Ukrainian territory under OSCE supervision. Under the accords, Ukraine should also regain control of its border with Russia after the breakaway republics in the east are granted a special status and elect their leaders.