Contents tagged with Normandy Format

  • Volker: France and Germany taking 'small steps' in negotiations with Russia, US approaching more ambitiously

    In an interview with Voice of America, US State Department Special Representative Kurt Volker said that while the United States is in constant contact with European partners, the US approach to negotiating with Russia regarding the Donbas conflict sometimes differs from the approach taken by Germany and France.

    "First of all, I believe that France and Germany are very serious [partners of Ukraine]. I think they very clearly understand the nature of the conflict, and Russia's responsibility, …

  • Ukrainian intelligence chief explains why US and Russia have stopped Donbas negotiations

    The Kremlin has decided to stop negotiations on the Donbas and to push for better conditions because the Normandy Format countries and the US have not agreed to Russia’s demands, Ukraine’s former foreign intelligence chief Nikolai Malomuzh said in an interview with InfoResist news outlet.

    “In this situation they [the Russian government] have decided to raise the stakes, so to speak, in the geopolitical game, in view of the fact that there needs to be a stronger argument for continuing the …

  • Media: Surkov and Volker were unable to agree on Ukrainian ‘law on Donbas’ while in Dubai

    Assistant to the Russian President Vladislav Surkov and US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker did not reach a unified position on the Ukrainian bill on the reintegration of the Donbas at the meeting in Dubai, reported Interfax citing a source familiar with the negotiations. "The main issue was the bill on the reintegration of the Donbas, however the parties continue to demonstrate different views to this issue," the source said. According to Interfax’s source, no concrete decisions …

  • Putin says he does not oppose US joining Normandy talks

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is not against the United States of America joining the Normandy format of talks on settling the conflict in the Donbas along with Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia, he stated at a press conference.

    "The United States, in fact, is a full-fledged participant in the settlement process, regardless of whether it is within the framework of the Normandy format or not, the US is still very deeply involved and aware of events taking place there. Should they formally …

  • Advisors to the heads of countries taking part in Normandy talks met in Minsk behind closed doors

    Negotiations among the advisers of the leaders of the Normandy format countries ended in Minsk, as reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.The Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country, Dmitry Mironchik, relayed to BelTA, the meeting was held behind closed doors and lasted about four hours.

    He did not give any other details and the parties have not yet commented on the course and results of the meeting.

    The night before the talks, the Minister of Foreign …

  • Kremlin: participants of Normandy talks will not change situation in Ukraine

    The Kremlin said that members of the Normandy format and the US cannot provide a change in the situation in eastern Ukraine, as stated on October 9th at a briefing held by the Press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov.

    "Changes ‘on the ground’ cannot be achieved by the efforts of the countries participating in the Normandy process or other countries, in particular the United States," Peskov said.

    At the same time, the representative of the Kremlin said that the changes "on the …

  • 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 …

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

    In an interview with ZN.ua, 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, …

  • Ukraine to convene 'Normandy Format' conference call

    Ukraine intends to organize a telephone conference of the "Normandy format" member countries to resolve the situation in the Donbas.

    Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin announced this on Tuesday in Rome, where he is on a two-day working visit, reported RFE/RL.

    A telephone conference between the main representatives of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France should be held in the near future.

    "We're talking about a matter of days," Klimkin said at a press conference in the Italian Foreign Ministry. …

  • Ukraine asked the U.S. to join the Normandy format

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, during his visit to Washington and in meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence, discussed the possibility of involving the U.S. in the negotiations on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas within the framework of the Normandy format.

    "The situation in the Donbas and the implementation of the Minsk Agreements were discussed. The Americans have a clear understanding of what Russian aggression is …