Contents tagged with Kurt Volker

  • US Special Representative for Ukraine: it's time to think about tougher sanctions over Crimea

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker stated that "it's time to think about tougher sanctions over the Crimea." Ukrinform reports on March 7 that he made the statement during his speech at the Warsaw office of the German Marshall Fund.

    "It is important that the US, EU, Ukraine and other countries do not recognize Russia's annexation of the Crimea. I believe it's time to think about how we can make our position tougher, including consequences for trips [of politicians], trade and …

  • Russia expresses doubt about Volker’s ability to 'contribute to resolving the crisis in the Donbas’ after his statements that LPR and DPR should be disbanded

    U.S. Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker’s call to disband the LPR and the DPR “calls into question” his ability to contribute to the resolution of the crisis in the Donbas, said the chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev, reported RIA Novosti.

    “Volker's words, of course, do not fit into any framework of the existing Minsk agreements and, in my opinion, quite seriously call into question his readiness and ability to make a real contribution to …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker: DPR and LPR must be disbanded

    US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the occupation establishments that Russia has created in the Donbas, the DPR and LPR, must be dismantled, because they do not comply with Ukraine’s constitution.

    He made a statement to this effect during a panel discussion at the Hudson Institute analytic center, which was broadcast on the institute’s website.

    “The so-called Luhansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic are establishments created by Russia …

  • 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. …