Contents tagged with Kurt Volker

  • US Special Representative for Ukraine: Russia motivated only by sanctions

    In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker called the outgoing year the most violent since the beginning of the conflict in the Donbas, saying that sanctions against the Russian Federation should continue.

    In addition, Volker called the impression that the crisis in eastern Ukraine was over "absolutely mistaken".

    "The year 2017 was the most violent year. The number of violations of the ceasefire has increased, the number of dead …

  • Volker: By dragging out conflict, Russia wants to involve DPR and LPR in discussion of peacekeeping

    The main difficulty in working to resolve the crisis in Donbas is that Russia continues to deny its role in the fighting, stated Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, as reported by Voice of America.

    “Russia is continuing to deny its own role in this and that it has nothing to do with the separatist governments that it has set up, and that it changes the leaders at will as they did in Luhansk just last month,” Volker said.

    According to him, by dragging out the …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker expresses doubt Russia will withdraw its troops from Donbas any time soon

    Russia has not decided yet on the withdrawal of its troops from the separatist-held territory of Ukraine, and it is unlikely that this will happen in the near future. This opinion was expressed at a press conference following the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Vienna, by the US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, Hromadske reports.

    "I do not believe that Russia has already decided to withdraw troops from the East of Ukraine. We hope that Russia will eventually make this …

  • US Ambassador to Russia: next meeting between Putin’s aide Surkov and US representative for Ukraine Volker will take place next week

    The fourth round of talks between the US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker and Presidential Aide, Vladislav Surkov is scheduled for next week, as reported by the US Ambassador to Russia, John Huntsman, on Kommersant radio.

    "Both sides will meet next week," Huntsman said.

    At the same time, he noted that the previous three rounds of negotiations "were unproductive."

    According to him, the fact that the negotiation process is underway already inspires confidence." …

  • US Representative for Ukraine Volker: Negotiations with Russia put on pause

    US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker announced that the next meeting with Russian Presidential Advisor Vladislav Surkov on bringing an end to the war in the Donbas will not take place before December. Until this time, the parties are pausing, following the lack of success of the previous negotiations. Volker spoke about this in an interview with, recorded for the VIII National Expert Forum.

    “During the first two meetings, I had the feeling that we were …

  • Media: during the meeting between Volker and Surkov the US suggested to expand the area of the peacekeeping mission in Donbas

    The Americans have proposed to expand the powers and the zone of presence of UN peacekeepers in the Donbas, as reported by Interfax citing a source familiar with the negotiations between the Russian Presidential aide, Vladislav Surkov and US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Kurt Volker.

    According to the source, during the meeting, the United States proposed amendments to the Russian draft resolution on the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Eastern Ukraine.

    "Among …

  • Volker and Surkov fail to reach united position on Ukraine

    On Monday November 13, US Department of State Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov conducted negotiations in Belgrade.

    The US embassy in Russia reported that there was comprehensive discussion of the current diplomatic state of affairs regarding efforts to stop the fighting in the Donbas.

    “It is not surprising that the United States and Russia have different concepts for how to make peace, but we will continue to work to get there. …

  • Volker: Russia has two options in the Donbas: frozen conflict or troop withdrawal

    US Department of State Special representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker has said that Russia has two options for action in the Donbas, but denies the possibility of the situation transforming into a long-term conflict.

    Volker said this during a briefing at the US Department of State, reports Voice of America.

    "Look, I think it’s a binary choice for Russia. Would it like to create another frozen conflict, occupied territory, like Abkhazia or South Ossetia or Transdniestria, which…carries with it …

  • Volker: Russia controls everything that happens in the Donbas

    During a press briefing in Washington, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the Russian Federation controls 100% of what is happening in the Donbas.

    In answering a question about the lack of dialogue between Kyiv and the pseudo-republics of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Volker disagreed with the assumption made by Russian journalists that the situation in the Donbas constitutes an "internal strife".

    "It's …

  • US Representative for Ukraine Volker: there is no agreement between Russia and US on peacekeepers in Donbas

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the Russian Federation and the United States have not yet reached an agreement on the possibility of deploying a UN mission in eastern Ukraine during a meeting with journalists.

    He recalled that in September, Russia proposed deploying a peacekeeping contingent on the contact line in the Donbas to protect the staff of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM).

    "The Russian proposal was only for the line of conflict and only to protect …