In the course of the meeting in Kyiv, President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven have discussed the issue of sending the peacekeeping mission to Ukraine under the mandate of the United Nations.
The Head of State has emphasized that the international peacekeeping mission would allow achieving de-escalation of the situation and ensuring sustainable peace. At the press conference following the meeting, Petro Poroshenko has noted that peacekeeping operations had demonstrated their efficiency earlier and expressed hope that respective decision of the UN Security Council would be adopted after coordinated measures.
According to the President, peacekeepers are needed to get rid of illegal foreign troops in Ukraine and close the Ukrainian-Russian border. "We are counting on participation of all nations friendly to us in the peacekeeping mission," the President said.
In his turn, the Prime Minister of Sweden has noted that his country supported the initiative of deploying the peacekeeping mission. He called it a "good alternative". "Still, to implement such mission, the decision of the UN Security Council is essential," he stressed. According to Stefan Löfven, in case the UN Security Council adopts such a decision, the Defense Ministry of Sweden will consider the opportunity of making contribution to the mission.
Answering the questions, Stefan Löfven stated: "We are ready to expand sanctions if it is necessary. At least we think they should be continued". "The OSCE reports positive signals on the ceasefire. However, there are also negative signals. Thus, we must continue our pressure. Only real change in the situation can influence our position on sanctions against Russia," the Prime Minister emphasized. Particularly, he has noted that the situation in Debaltseve had been a violation of the agreements.
The Ukrainian President has noted that sanctions against Russia were an efficient mechanism and underlined the importance of unity in the EU regarding the support towards Ukraine.
Petro Poroshenko has once again emphasized that Ukraine was clearly observing the Minsk agreements, but the other party was systematically violating the ceasefire regime and kept on holding hostages. "Ukrainian hostages are brutally used in degrading jobs. It contradicts any humanitarian principles. This information will be brought to our partners," the Head of State noted.