Contents tagged with Kurt Volker

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker and Putin’s aide Surkov held talks in Belgrade

    Negotiations between Russian Presidential Assistant Vladislav Surkov and US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker were constructive, RBC news agency reports quoting Surkov as saying.

    "We discussed the draft resolution of the UN on the Donbas proposed by Russia, and understanding was found on a number of positions. Most of which were recognized as surmountable," Surkov said.

    He added that both sides stressed the need to carry out the Minsk deals, with the Normandy …

  • Ukraine: meetings of US representative for Ukraine Volker and Putin’s aide Surkov are an addition to Normandy talks

    The meeting of the Special Representative of the US State Department Kurt Volker, and a personal advisor to the Russian President, Vladislav Surkov, is an additional platform for negotiations, which complements the Minsk and Normandy formats, the Political Director of the Directorate General for Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Oleksii Makeiev said, as reported by Radio Liberty. According to him, the Ukrainians were informed in advance about the details of this planned …

  • US Representative for Ukraine Volker and Putin’s Aide Surkov to meet on October 7 in Serbia

    US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker will meet with Vladislav Surkov, aide to the Russian president and curator of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic), on October 7 in Serbia.

    This was reported by Interfax, citing Alexey Chesnakov, director of the Russian Center for Political Conjuncture.

    “The second meeting is planned for October 7 in Serbia,” Chesnakov said.

    Volker was appointed as the US Special Representative for Ukraine …

  • Volker: incident with the ammunition depo in Kalynivka will not impact the US decision to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine

    Special representative of the US State Department Kurt Volker stated that Washington's decision to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine will not depend on the explosions at the ammunition depot in Kalynivka, the Voice of America reports.

    On September 26, several explosions began at the arsenal of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine near the city of Kalynivka. About thirty thousand people were evacuated from the territory of Vinnytsky and Kalynivsky districts. The Defense Ministry said that 83,000 …

  • Volker: Russian proposal on peacekeepers in Donbas will further divide Ukraine

    The deployment of UN peacekeepers in the Donbas under the Russian scenario is unacceptable, as this option will further divide the country. However, Russia is already ready for negotiations, as expressed by the US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, in an interview with Voice of America.

    "I believe that the fundamental goals of US policy are clear, as are Ukraine's goals, and they are to restore the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as ensure the security …

  • Special Representative for Ukraine Volker sees no point in US joining the Normandy format

    In an interview with, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that he sees no point in the US joining the Normandy format.

    "Berlin and Paris use their capabilities within the framework of the Minsk process to discuss specific details: where the ceasefire line should lie; how, where and when heavy weapons should be withdrawn; how to counteract escalation in specific hot spots, etc. These are certainly important things. However, the direct participation of the US, I think, …

  • Volker: deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas according to Russia’s proposal will further divide Ukraine

    The introduction of UN peacekeepers into the conflict zone in the Donbas according to the scenario proposed by Russia will aggravate the division of Ukraine, as stated by Special Envoy of the US State Department on Ukraine Kurt Volker, who arrived in Kyiv to participate in the forum "Yalta European Strategy" on Saturday, September 16.

    Volker stressed that the dispatch of peacekeepers by itself is an "interesting offer" but the international forces should replace the Russian troops in the …

  • US special representative for Ukraine Volker and Putin’s aide Surkov to meet in October

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker will meet with Russian Presidential Advisor Vladislav Surkov again in October.

    Volker mentioned this while speaking at the 14th annual Yalta European Strategy (YES) session, organized by the Viktor Pinchuk Foundation, reported.

    “I have visited the conflict line in Adviivka… I hope to go to the city again on the Ukrainian side… As for the other side of the demarcation line, we will need to coordinate with those people – that’s why I met …

  • Putin’s aide Surkov turns down US request to relocate Donbas talks from Minsk to Belgrade

    On August 21, during a meeting in Minsk with Russian President Vladimir Putin's aide, Vladislav Surkov, US Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker suggested that Moscow consider relocating negotiations on the Donbas from Minsk to Belgrade, Novosti Donbassa (News of Donbass) news website reported, citing its own source.

    Surkov refused, said the website’s source.

    It is noted that the potential relocation of the negotiations to another city would be connected to the increase in cases of …

  • Volker calls on Ukraine to avoid pursuing development of nuclear weapons

    The United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Kurt Volker warned Ukraine against attempts to regain nuclear weapons.

    In an interview with Direct, a new pro-Ukrainian TV channel, Volker said that Ukraine had made the right step when abandoned nuclear weapons.

    "If Ukraine did not join the countries that abandoned nuclear weapons, it would not be a good decision. I do not think that nuclear weapons would be anything positive for Ukraine. I would not like to see Ukraine to …