Estonian MEP: EU should ask UN Security Council to form Ukraine peacekeeping mission (1)

Urmas Paet. Postimees/Scanpix
1/28/2015 2:59 PM
Category: International

Urmas Paet, the Estonian former foreign minister and now member of the European Parliament, submitted a question to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini today, proposing that the EU should ask the UN Security Council to initiate an international peacekeeping mission in Ukraine.

“Two EU member states are among the permanent members of the United Nations' Security Council, plus there are the ones that are among the temporary members. I would like to hear a statement from Federica Mogherini in regards to the possibility that the EU would initiate a proposal to establish an international peace-keeping mission in Ukraine, to stop the violence. The EU must stand for the peace and security in Europe and use all means at its disposal to achieve this,” Paet said.

Paet added that the conflict in Ukraine needs an urgent international intervention and the most logical next step would be to achieve a peace agreement and then let United Nations' peacekeeping mission to operate in the country. Paet conceded that it would only be possible if Russia doesn't use its veto power at the Security Council to block it.

“It is clear that Russian Federation is doing everything it can to weaken Ukraine, until the country abandons its European integration hopes,” Paet said.

Paet said that specific decisions, which would help to stop Russian attacks on Ukraine, will hopefully be taken at the meeting of EU foreign ministers on Thursday. “I hope that the new Greek government will not obstruct to these decisions,” Paet added.

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