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Take up Russia’s peace plan for Ukraine but with major changes, say diplomats

12 October 2017

Condemning the EU’s “complete absence” on issues related to Ukraine’s security, some officials – including NATO’s former secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen – say the transatlantic community should take up Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent draft proposal for a UN peacekeeping force in Ukraine’s war-ravaged eastern Donbas region, but with major modifications to guarantee the country’s security and territorial integrity.

Russia presented its proposal to the UN Security Council on 5 September for the deployment of peacekeepers to south-eastern Ukraine for protecting observers already on the ground – but only along the current line of contact between rebel and Ukrainian army forces and for six months only.

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