Volker Hopeful For a Meeting with Russia After Ukrainian Presidential Elections

A meeting planned for late last year never happened


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The next round of talks between US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker and Russian president’s aide Vladislav Surkov or another representative of the Russian government may be held after the presidential election in Ukraine.

Volker made this statement on Wednesday after his speech at the conference “Support for Free Democratic Development of Ukraine” at the US Congress.

“No, they haven’t,” Volker said, answering a question of a Ukrinform correspondent whether any agreements have been reached on the next meeting with a representative of the Russian side.

“We continue to maintain contact with the diplomatic channels, and I hope that Russia will be ready to meet again shortly after the election [in Ukraine],” Volker said.

Volker has already held four meetings with Surkov: Minsk in August 2017, inBelgrade in October and November 2017, Dubai in January 2018. After that, it was planned to hold the next meeting last year, but the Russian side refused to meet.

At the last meeting in Dubai, the representatives of Washington put forward the proposals for the deployment of UN peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine. Moscow promised to respond to these proposals, however, it has not given any official answer yet.

Russia is still blocking any initiatives to strengthen international monitoring in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

Source Ukrinform
date 21.03.2019
categories Ukraine
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