Russia said on Friday that it is too early to discuss the deployment of peacekeepers in the conflict zone in Ukraine.
“It is absolutely wrong to raise any other questions, among them peacekeeping, until all certain points of the Minsk agreement are met,” the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian media.
The spokesman also called for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to fulfill its mission.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko decided in March to send official pleas to the United Nations and the Europe Union to deploy peacekeeping and security missions in Lugansk and Donetsk regions.
Russia accused the initiative as a “deceptive maneuver” to divert attention from Ukraine’s nonfulfillment of the Minsk agreement, saying that the peacekeeping mission should only be sent under the support of all relevant sides in the Ukraine conflict.
The intention also triggered skepticism from the pro-independence insurgents, who said that the presence of any peacekeepers would violate the peace deal reached on Feb. 12 in Minsk, capital of Belarus. Enditem