During the talks between President Petro Poroshenko and Vice-President of the European Commission - High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the issue of deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in the occupied districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions was discussed in detail. The Head of State told this during a conversation with media representatives, which took place at the end of the meeting.
“We paid a lot of attention to the details of the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas based on decisions of the UN Security Council, which will operate throughout the occupied territory, including the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border, and will have the status and format of a traditional peacekeeping mission deployed according to the decision of the UN Security Council," Petro Poroshenko said.
The President offered to send another mission of the EU ambassadors to the given territories so that they can see the real situation on site and Russia’s fulfillment of its obligations under the Minsk agreements.
“To see the real situation in the Donbas and understand how Russia fulfills its part of commitments under the Minsk agreements, I offered Ms. High Representative to send the second mission of the EU Political and Security Committee to the Donbas shortly, so that they can see how the situation changed. I think it will be expedient,” he said recalling the first such mission had taken place in September 2015.
“Then, I am confident that in June not a single European capital will think about reducing sectoral sanctions against Russia in case of non-implementation of the Minsk agreements,” the Head of State emphasized.
He also expressed firm conviction that after 4 years of Russian aggression against Ukraine, it was time for the European Union to call the aggressor an aggressor and a party to the conflict and promote the provision by the EU member-states of the defense weapons to Ukraine in accordance with national and international law.
The President thanked Federica Mogherini for the active humanitarian aid, “probably the biggest one provided by the EU to Ukrainians affected by the Russian aggression in the Donbas”.
In turn, Vice-President of the European Commission - High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini noted the unwavering support of the EU for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence, as well as continuation of efforts to fully implement the Minsk agreements. “We always provided a united support to these issues,” she said.
“We also stressed Russia’s clear responsibility for the situation with Ukraine,” Federica Mogherini emphasized, adding that the EU’s economic sanctions against Russia are directly tied with the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
She also noted that the work continues not only at the diplomatic level, but also in the humanitarian sphere. According to Federica Mogherini, the EU has provided 700 million euros of humanitarian aid to citizens living in the occupied territories, and a new tranche of 24 million euros is planned for the continuation of functioning of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. "Our solidarity and support is not only the declaration of principles. We provide financial and human resources support. We understand that the security, independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine are an immediate investment in the security of Europe," Federica Mogherini said.