The United States is preparing in the "coming days" to offer Russia a plan to deploy 20,000 foreign UN peacekeepers in the Donbass. On The Wall Street Journal reports with reference to diplomatic sources.
The proposal is conditioned, among other things, by the hope of Paris and Berlin that President Vladimir Putin of Russia is really ready to settle the conflict and are also hoping President Putin will stop support of the rebels in the Donbass.
Where exactly the US proposes to deploy peacekeepers, the material is not reported.
According to the newspaper, the US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, who called the offer of peacekeepers interesting, said that he discussed with the Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov the possibility of developing the initiative to provide border control and monitoring of heavy weapons.
It is also reported that Washington's proposal is designed to check the seriousness of Moscow's intentions. Western diplomats believe that peacekeepers should act not under the UN mandate, but under the auspices of the OSCE.
WSJ calls the US plan part of the broad strategy of the White House in relation to Moscow. Another part of the strategy, the publication writes, is diplomatic efforts on the issue of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, which Russia, according to the United States, allegedly does not comply. The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier stated that the United States did not provide any real evidence of a violation of the treaty by Russia.
In addition, according to the publication, the administration of Trump allegedly approved the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine, including anti-tank Javelin, although the decision on the time of their delivery has not yet been made. The United States allegedly expects to use these supplies as a "lever" in resolving the situation around Ukraine. However, the White House has already denied the information on the consent to arms deliveries.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he supports the idea of sending UN peacekeepers to Ukraine, but the peacekeeping mission is designed to perform only the function of ensuring the security of OSCE personnel on the line of demarcation in the Donbass.
At the same time, he noted that this issue can not be resolved without direct contact with representatives of the proclaimed republics of Donbass.
Speaking at the general debate of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, Ukrainian Coup Leader Petro Poroshenko noted that the UN peacekeeping mission should be deployed throughout the "occupied Donbass", including the border.
The proposal of Ukraine was called "unacceptable" in Russia.