Kremlin disclaims sending peacekeeping mission to restive eastern Ukraine

Moscow denies Ukrainian claims of sending peacekeeping forces to eastern Ukraine and leaves such decision to Kiev and separatists

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Kremlin said on Friday Russia was not eager to send peacekeeping mission to the restive Donbass region as the Ukrainian side asserted on Thursday by leaning on a phone call meeting between Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders.

The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated on Friday that peacekeeping initiative for eastern Ukraine was not discussed between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the phone call meeting to which German chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande also attended.

Kiev announced earlier that the leaders had agreed on the issue of peacekeeping mission which will be sent to eastern Ukraine’s self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk (DPR) and Luhansk (LPR).

The leaders of respective countries late on Thursday said they have noted “certain progress” in Minsk ceasefire agreement which called the belligerents in eastern Ukraine to terminate hot conflicts and withdraw their heavy artillery from the frontline.

Contrary to Kiev’s remarks, Peskov said peacekeeping issue was not true by adding that the conflicting parties should decide whether they deploy  peace force. "It is not us, but the fighting sides - the Kiev and Donbass administrations - which should decide on the matter of stationing peacekeeping troops," said the Kremlin spokesman.

The leaders were reportedly have assured peace and stability in the region by confirming withdrawal of heavy weapons despite some sporadic ceasefire violation that has been continuing since February.

The relations between Russia and the West had stretched over the Ukraine crisis, particularly when Moscow annexed Crimea last year and gave its support to separatist Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

Following the crisis escalated in eastern Ukraine, the West had imposed sanctions which forced Moscow and the pro-Russian separatists to come to the table in Minsk.

The ceasefire agreement was first sealed in the Belarussian capital Minsk last September and the parties clinched the armistice again under the monitoring mission of Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the middle of this February.

TRTWorld and agencies