Contents tagged with Surkov

  • Putin's aide Surkov and US representative for Ukraine Volker temporarily suspend negotiations about the Donbas

    Russia and the United States have taken a break from discussing the Donbas, stated the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Grigory Karasin.

    “We have taken a break. However, Russia expects that it will not be a long break. We are interested in resuming negotiations,” Karasin said.

    According to Karasin, “both sides need the desire to resume” in order for talks to restart. So at the moment there are not even approximate dates for the next meetings between the representative of the U.S. …

  • Media: Putin’s aide Surkov responsible for LPR and DPR might resign

    Aide to the President of the Russian Federation Vladislav Surkov, who is in charge of the Ukrainian direction and cooperation with the self-proclaimed Abkhazia and South Ossetia, may leave his post as a result of reshuffle in Putin’s administration, RBC news agency reports, citing several sources.

    The sources provided different reasons for Surkov’s possible resignation. This may be due to the fact that "the strategy in the Ukrainian direction overall has reached a deadlock, the Minsk …

  • Putin's Aide Surkov predicts centuries of 'geopolitical loneliness' for Russia

    In an article for the magazine Russia in Global Affairs , Presidential Advisor Vladislav Surkov said that Russia can expect between one and three centuries of “geopolitical loneliness”, and said that the country had abandoned the “multiple fruitless attempts” to integrate into western civilization.  

    According to Surkov, the introduction of sanctions in 2014 brought an end to “Russia’s epic journey” towards the West, “thoughtlessly begun by False Dmitry and decisively continued by Peter I”. …

  • Putin's aide Surkov suggests naming new Russian ballistic missile in honor of separatist commander Givi

    According to RIA Novosti, Assistant to the Russian President Vladislav Surkov expressed the wish to participate in the competition to name new Russian weaponry and stated that he already has his own ideas.

    He said, "I want to participate in the weapon naming competition. I suggested naming it [the ballistic missile] after Givi because he is a hero of the Donbas." Mikhail Tolstykh or “Givi” was a commander of the pro-Russian Somalia battalion in the Donbas. He was killed on February 8, 2017 in …

  • Ukraine protests the OSCE coordinator’s meeting with Surkov

    The Humanitarian Coordinator of the subgroup of the contact group on conflict settlement in the Donbas from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), Toni Frisch did not report to the Trilateral Contact group the outcome of his meeting with Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov, said First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Herashchenko, Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian sub-group of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG).

    "Ukrainian representatives were baffled that …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister calls the meeting between US representative Volker and Putin's aide Surkov fruitless

    At a joint briefing with the Italian Foreign Minister, OSCE Chairman Angelino Alfano in Kyiv, Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, said that the last meeting of Kurt Volker, US State Department Special Representative, and Russian Presidential Assistant Vladislav Surkov was fruitless, Ukrinform reports.

    "I am in constant contact with our American friends and allies. Several times I spoke with Kurt Volker before meeting with Surkov and yesterday too. Unfortunately, during …

  • 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. …

  • 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 …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker and Pitin's Aide Surkov to meet in Dubai

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker plans to visit Ukraine this week, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    “In order to familiarize himself with the situation in the region, on Wednesday January 24, Volker will travel to eastern Ukraine, and on January 25 he will meet with Ukrainian officials in Kyiv,” the report states.

    On Friday, January 26, Volker plans to meet with Russian Presidential Advisor Vladislav Surkov. The meeting will take place in Dubai instead of Serbian Belgrade, where the …

  • 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, …