Russia's Putin suggests deployment of UN peacekeepers to Ukraine in conversation with Germany's Merkel

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen at a polling station during the municipal elections in Moscow, Russia, on Sept 10, 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen at a polling station during the municipal elections in Moscow, Russia, on Sept 10, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday (Sept 11) that UN peacekeepers might be deployed to eastern Ukraine not only on the Donbass contact line separating the sides of the conflict but in other parts where OSCE inspectors work.

Mr Putin, in a phone call with Dr Merkel, gave her a detailed description of Russia's initiative to establish a UN mission to protect observers from a special OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

Taking into account the ideas expressed by Dr Merkel, Mr Putin said Moscow was ready to add new functions to this UN mission proposed in the Russian variant of a UN resolution on Ukraine.