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Russia FM: Minsk Agreements mention no peacekeepers

"Peacekeepers are out of the question."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ruled out the deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas as such policy is not foreseen by Minsk agreements, RIA Novosti reported on 25 April.

His words were in response to the recent statements of Ukrainian officials, who again raised the issue of a peacekeeping mission to Donbas after the explosion of a car of OSCE monitors.

"Any incident, long before even an attempt is made to investigate it, is used to distract attention from the Minsk accords. In Minsk agreements, there is no talk of peacekeepers. Minsk accords stress the role of the OSCE CMMs," Lavrov said after talks with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier on Monday.

In the morning of April 23, an American citizen died in a car explosion in the territory controlled by the "LPR" in Luhansk Region.

Later in the day, President Petro Poroshenko in a telephone conversation with the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested intensifying the consideration of the issue of the deployment of an international peacekeeping contingent in Donbas under the auspices of the United Nations.