Germany calls for sending UN force to E. Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Haiko Maas called Monday for sending UN forces to disputed areas in eastern Ukraine to maintain peace in Donetsk and Luhansk.

Maas made the remarks at the opening of a meeting in Berlin with his Russian, French and Ukrainian counterparts to discuss the conflict in East Ukraine.

Following the meeting, Maas said “we believe sending a unit of blue helmets to those areas will contribute to reviving the peace process in East Ukraine and create a new framework for the crisis.” Sending a UN force to East Ukraine, he added, would help maintain the Minsk agreement.

“We know Russian and Ukrainian positions are apart … but we wanted to narrow those views in today’s meeting,” he said.

This is the first meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers since this group met in February 2017.

Presidents of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement in Minsk, Belarus, in February 2015, aimed at ceasing fire between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists

Source: Kuwait News Agency