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Ukraine:Putin agrees to UN mission not only on contact line

Russian president spoke to German Chancellor Merkel

12 September, 09:57
(ANSA) - TRIESTE - The Russian president Vladimir Putin and the German chancellor Angela Merkel talked about Ukraine on Monday. Putin agreed to UN peacekeepers' deployment "not only on the contact line" in Donbas, according to a statement posted by the Kremlin. "The implementation of the Minsk agreements on the settlement in southeast Ukraine was addressed. It was underscored that any violation of the ceasefire regime, undermining the so-called 'school truce', agreed in the Contact Group and supported by the leaders of the Normandy format states, would be unacceptable", the statement said.

"Vladimir Putin spoke in detail on the Russian initiative to establish a UN mission to aid the protection of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM). Taking into account the views communicated by Angela Merkel, the Russian leader expressed readiness to add to the functions of the above-mentioned UN mission proposed in the Russian draft resolution of the Security Council". The statement said that "the protection of OSCE observers by the UN is envisioned not only on the contact line after the disengagement of the forces and equipment of both sides but also in other places where the OSCE SMM conducts its inspection visits in accordance with the Minsk Package of Measures".


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