VIENNA (QHA) -

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will not oppose the deployment of peacekeepers throughout Ukraine, he made a corresponding statent on February 28, at a press conference after talks with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

According to Putin, it is necessary to agree on this with the terrorists of Separate districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

“Now they say, no, they need to be everywhere, that is, in fact about putting all this territory under international control. Russia for or against? We at least do not go against. But they need to negotiate with these unrecognized republics. Go then and negotiate with them. No, no one intends to do this,” the Kremlin ringleader said.

According to him, it is now proposed to extend the peacekeeping mission to the entire territory of the Donbas, while initially it was about ensuring the safety of OSCE observers along the line of contact.

Putin noted that in one of his phone conversations with him, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested that peacekeepers should be on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

“I answered, yes, you are probably right. Let them be there, too, when they accompany the OSCE staff, that is, ensuring security. We supported this initiative. But that was not enough either," he said.

QHA reported that about 20,000 UN peacekeepers are needed to resolve the situation in the Separate districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, according to the report prepared on behalf of the NATO ex-secretary general, Adviser to the president of Ukraine Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The introduction of peacekeepers into the Donbas will allow to hold local elections there.  

QHA