Contents tagged with Kurt Volker

  • US Representative for Ukraine Volker: sanctions against Russia may be eased if it contributes to peace in Donbas

    According to RIA Novosti, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, stated that western countries can ease sanctions against Russia if Moscow contributes to the achievement of peace in the Donbas region.

    He also added that only a slight easing of restrictive measures is possible, but even this can become a valuable factor in the relations between the Russian Federation and the United States, as it will demonstrate their ability to negotiate.At the same time, Volker noted the lack …

  • US Special Representative Volker: peacekeeping mission will help to resolve the conflict in the Donbas

    The US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker believes that a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas will help to resolve the conflict and will facilitate the implementation of the Minsk agreements. He stated this at the second Ukrainian lunch "Ukraine on the Frontlines of a New Kind of Warfare: Lessons for the West, and Prospects for Peace," which was organized on the sidelines of the Munich conference on security.

    According to Volker, Russia says that they care how people live in the …

  • Ukraine to start industrial production of new cruise missiles in the end of the year

    Ukraine plans to begin testing the new Vilha (Alder) missile system in March and launch the industrial production of this cruise missile in late 2018 - early 2019, as stated by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Oleksandr Turchynov, channel 112 Ukraine reports.

    “I hope that at the end of the year or early next year we will conduct tests and it [the cruise missile] will be received by the Army,” Turchynov said. According to him, there is already “a huge demand …

  • Volker: Russia ready for the introduction and gradual expansion of a UN mission in Donbas

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker announced that Russia is ready for a UN peacekeeping mission to be located not only on the contact line in the Donbas, but also on its wider territories. Hromadske reports that Volker announced this during a telephone conference with journalists following a meeting with presidential aide Vladislav Surkov.

    "This time [during the meeting with Surkov] I think there was more openness [from Russia] in thinking about a wider mandate for the …

  • Volker slams Russia’s suggestion for Donbas peacekeepers

    The draft resolution on the international peacekeeping mission in the Donbas proposed by Russia is unacceptable to the US and the UN, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told ‘112 Ukraine’ TV channel in an interview.Volker noted that Moscow proposed that the peacekeepers be deployed only on the demarcation line, to ensure the safety of OSCE observers.

    Russia does not agree to give the mission the right to control the Ukrainian-Russian border.

    Volker is convinced that the absence …

  • Volker: U.S. begins preparations to supply Javelin anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine

    The United States of America has begun preparations to supply the Javelin anti-tank missile system to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said confirms Kurt Volker, the special representative of the U.S. State Department for Ukraine, in an exclusive interview with Radio Liberty.

    “I want to point out that this is defensive equipment. It is useful only when there is a tank attack. Then they can be neutralized. So it is a defensive weapon. It is not used to attack and not used on the front line of a …

  • Putin’s aide Surkov welcomes new US proposals on Ukraine

    Assistant to the Russian President Vladislav Surkov stated in the follow-up of the meeting with US State Department’s Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker that the new US proposals on the settlement of the situation in the southeast of Ukraine seemed fully attainable to him, TASS reports.

    The subject of the talks that took place in Dubai on January 26 was the deployment of the UN mission in the southeast of Ukraine.

    "The Americans brought much more constructive proposals this time. …

  • Volker believes that war in the Donbas could be stopped within 12 months

    In an interview with BBC, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker believes that fighting in the east of Ukraine could cease within a year.

    "We want to see peace and an end to hostilities. We want to see all citizens of Ukraine in peace and security. This could become the basis for beginning full implementation of the Minsk agreements. And all this could be achieved in 12 months," Volker said.

    He also noted that the level of violence in eastern Ukraine increased significantly in 2017. …

  • Volker: Russia's goal is to drive a wedge between Ukraine and the West

    Russia does not intend to occupy the entire territory of Ukraine, but is pursuing political goals: to "destabilize Ukraine, influence Kyiv's policy and try to drive a wedge between Ukraine and the West," stated US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in an interview with Deutsche Welle published on Wednesday, January 24.

    Volker said that the situation in the Donbas is "certainly not a civil war." According to the Special Representative, Russian-speaking people live in various regions …

  • Ukraine praised Volker’s work with Surkov

    The framework of negotiations conducted between US State Department Representative Kurt Volker and Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov was one of the most effective this year, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine for the European Integration Olena Zerkal during a broadcast on Channel 5.

    "There is no other framework, so everyone supports the Minsk format ... This year the Volker-Surkov format worked more intensively," she said on Channel 5 on Tuesday.

    According to Zerkal, …