Volker Talks About Crimea and Donbas
US Special Representative for Ukraine negotiations Kurt Volker spoke about steps Russia could take to end sanctions and the war in Donbas
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US Special Representative for Ukraine negotiations Kurt Volker said that sanctions against Russia over the annexation of Crimea will remain in place until the peninsula is fully de-occupied.
Volker explained the various sanctions imposed against Russia and how they are separate issues and how a blanket lifting of them would not occur.
“First off, we have sanctions in place because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, claimed annexation. We also have sanctions in place because of its failure to implement the Minsk agreements. We also have sanctions in place for a few other things like the Skripal attack in the UK. If Russia implements the Minsk agreements, as it is obliged to do, then we would be willing to look at the lifting of those sanctions. But sanctions concerning Crimea stay there as long as Russia occupies Crimea,” Volker said in an interview with 1+1 TV channel.
Speaking about Donbas, Volker speculates that Russia is looking for a way out.
“I think there are reasons why Russia should [get out of Donbas]. They don’t really care about holding Donbas. […] Russia is producing exactly the opposite of what it wants by continuing to occupy Donbas,” he said.
“That’s the reason why Russia should want to end this. We – the French, Germans, Ukraine – are all willing to help find a way to facilitate Russia’s withdrawal and bring peace back to the [occupied] territory whenever Russia is ready to do that,” Volker added.