Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Russian Federation to ask for United Nations peacekeepers in Ukraine, says Vladimir Putin

Russian Federation to ask for United Nations peacekeepers in Ukraine, says Vladimir Putin

Russian Federation condemns NKorea's nuclear test as "provocative", President Putin told a televised news conference in China.

Putin said North Korea's neighbors should engage with it, not whip up "military hysteria". "Whipping up military hysteria - this will lead to no good", he said.

Putin said it was important that all parties affected by the crisis, including North Korea, not face "threats of annihilation" and "step on the path of cooperation".

The OSCE, whose participating states include Ukraine, Russia and the United States, in March extended its monitoring in Ukraine by a year.

On a visit to Kiev last month, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was actively reviewing sending lethal weapons to Ukraine to help it defend itself, an option that previous U.S. president Barack Obama vetoed.

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Putin also said Russian Federation meant to draft a resolution for consideration in the United Nations Security Council, suggesting armed U.N. peacekeepers be deployed to eastern Ukraine to help protect ceasefire monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) there.

Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014 after the Maidan Revolution which ousted pro-Russian candidate Viktor Yanykovych, who now lives in Moscow. He also said that Kiev would not coordinate the parameters of the work of United Nations peacekeepers with the representatives of the Donbass people's republics.

"Russia constantly gave signals to us and others that it would block any attempt to move [the peacekeeping question] to official documents and pass a UN Security Council resolution - that is to say, it threatened to use its veto", the Ukrainian envoy said.

"And unfortunately, economic measures that might be adopted - they will definitely fall on the Korean people themselves, not on the Korean nuclear or ballistic (missile) problem", Nebenzia said.

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