Kremlin points to Kiev’s stance as cause for delay in deal on UN peacekeepers in Donbass

Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said Kiev’s stance is the reason for a delay in finding a solution to the issue of the UN forces in the Donbass region.

“In Kiev,” he told reporters when asked about the reason for the delay.

On September 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin came up with an initiative to deploy an international mission along the line of engagement in Donbass to ensure safety of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. He stressed though that the deployment of a UN force could only be possible after weapons withdrawal from the area and upon agreement with the self-proclaimed Donbass republics. Later on, the president said that the UN force could be deployed not only along the contact line but to other locations where the OSCE monitors were working.

However, Kiev insists UN forces be deployed, first and foremost, along Ukraine’s border with Russia.