France may send peacekeepers to Donbas – diplomat

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The French authorities are ready to send its peacekeeping mission to resolve the military conflict in Donbas, Etienne de Poncins, Ambassador of France to Ukraine, said.

“If we ascertain the need, relevance and effectiveness of such a decision, France will definitely not waive its international obligations of a member of the international community and the UN Security Council,” quotes the diplomat.

According to him, France had experience in carryig out similar operations, for example, in Mali.

However, de Poncins stressed that one should be ‘vigilant and cautious’ to avoid reoccurrence of the situation in Cyprus. Although ‘blue helmets’ have been working there since 1974, the conflict has not been settled.

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has repeatedly offered Belarus’ assistance to deconflict the situation in Donbas. In October 2018, when making a speech at the Munich Security Conference Core Group meeting in Minsk, he stressed that Belarus was ready to take responsibility for ensuring peace in eastern regions of Ukraine and exerting control over the Russian-Ukrainian border.

According to him, if Belarus were entrusted with a role in the conflict settlement in Ukraine, it would do everything necessary without taking anyone’s side. However, it is highly unlikely that the Ukrainian side will give its consent to the presence of Belarusian peacekeepers in Donbas due to the country’s close ties to Russia.

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