Kiev Should Amend Law on Donbass Before Deployment of UN Peacekeepers – Moscow
Sputnik/ Valeriy MelnikovPolitics12:22 06.09.2017(updated 12:45 06.09.2017) Get short URL
The Russia’s envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine stated that Kiev should first introduce amendments to the law on the Donbass special status on the basis of the Steinmeier formula before the deployment of the UN peacekeepers.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The deployment of the UN peacekeepers in Donbass is possible only after Ukraine makes fundamentally important amendments to the law on the special status of the region, Russia’s envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine Boris Gryzlov said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said that Russia has sent the UN Security Council president a draft resolution on the UN mission in Ukraine, adding that Moscow intends to call consultations at the expert level and at the level of the UN ambassadors.
“The deployment of the UN contingent on the contact line in the Donbass will become possible only after Ukraine introduces the fundamentally important amendments to the law on the special status of the Donbass. These amendments should be agreed upon in the contact group. They will concern the introduction of a special status on a permanent basis under the Steinmeier formula,” Gryzlov said.
The “Steinmeier formula,” a mechanism proposed by former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, envisions holding local elections under the oversight of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which must confirm whether they met international standards. Upon the confirmation, the legislation establishing the Donbass special status (de facto autonomy) would take effect.