United States and Kiev have expressed reluctance to consider a proposal by Moscow for the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine, where government troops and pro-Russia forces are engaged in a long-running conflict, the Russian ambassador to the UN says.
Russia’s TASS news agency cited Vasily Nebenzya as saying on Monday that Washington and Kiev had formally told Moscow at the UN Security Council that they were unwilling to work on Russia’s draft resolution concerning the issue because they had too many objections to it.
“The US and Ukrainian delegations said after the first discussion that they were not ready to work on the (Russian) text in future,” Nebenzya was quoted as saying. “(They said) they had significant objections and that, possibly, the Ukrainians would have a counter proposal to deploy peacekeepers to Donbass (eastern Ukraine),” added the Russian envoy. Earlier on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned against “eroding the essence of the Russian proposal” on the UN peacekeeping mission and called for a “constructive stance” on behalf of the US and Ukraine.—Agencies