Poroshenko, Tillerson Discuss UN International Mission Deployment in Donbass

© REUTERS / Valentyn OgirenkoUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shake hands in Kiev, Ukraine July 9, 2017
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shake hands in Kiev, Ukraine July 9, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Poroshenko’s press service announced that he discussed steps for deployment of the international UN mission in Donbass.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, discussed further steps for establishment of the UN international mission in Donbass, Poroshenko’s press service said Saturday.

"The parties expressed satisfaction over the implementation of the agreements reached between the presidents of Ukraine and the United States [Poroshenko and Donald Trump] during their meeting in New York. The interlocutors coordinated further steps for deployment of the international UN mission on the occupied part of Donbass, including the uncontrolled part of the Russian-Ukrainian border," the statement of the press service said.

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In April, Poroshenko suggested the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbass, with Kremlin in response stressing the importance of consultations among all sides, including eastern Ukraine's self-proclaimed republics.

In early September, Russian President Vladimir Putin also expressed support for the idea, but insisted that the mission should only work on ensuring the security of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe observer staff, with the peacekeepers only placed on the contact line between the warring parties. Kiev, in its turn, condemned Moscow’s proposal, stating that it misrepresented Ukraine's initial project.

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