Contents tagged with Surkov

  • Kremlin: there are no prospects for normalizing relations with the US

    Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov stated that there are no prospects for normalizing the relationship with the US for now, reports Interfax-Ukraine. 

    “In my opinion, everything is already bad. Prospects are not being considered for now,” said Ushakov responding to a question if a new series of sanctions will worsen Russian-American relations, or things can’t get worse. 

    He added that Moscow’s reaction to the possibility of new American sanctions would follow after analysis. 

    “We will …

  • Putin’s adviser Surkov and former DPR head Borodai hold Donbas militants congress in Moscow

    On Friday, February 15, the so-called “Council of Donbass Volunteer Commanders“ congress was held in the President-Hotel in Moscow. The Assistant to the President of Russia, Vladislav Surkov, as well as the former leader of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Borodai, attended the congress, as reported on the “Union of Volunteers of Donbass” website.

    “In the midst of the election race, you can expect anything from Kyiv. Should the situation require it, we will mobilize volunteers as …

  • Russian presidential aide: Putin’s political machine is only gaining momentum

    Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov says that the Russia of today is “Putin’s state”.

    Surkov wrote about the condition of the Russian government in an article titled “Putin’s long-lasting state” that was published in the Nezavisimaya Gazeta on Monday.

    “Russian history has known four main models of state, which can be provisionally named after their creators: Ivan III’s state (The Grand Duchy/Kingdom of Moscow and all Rus, 15-17th century); Peter the Great’s state (Russian empire, 18-19 …

  • Putin's aide Surkov to represent Russia at the Normandy Four meeting

    Vladislav Surkov, aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin will represent Russia at the meeting of advisers on international affairs of the Normandy Four leaders, according Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, Interfax reports. “Surkov should represent us,” Peskov said.

    Earlier, Russia and Germany agreed to resolve the Kerch Crisis through the Normandy format, a diplomatic group of the representatives of four countries: Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and France.

  • Putin's aide Surkov meets with head of DPR in Moscow, promises to visit Donetsk

    Putin’s aide, Vladislav Surkov, met with Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) ringleader Denis Pushilin in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian news agency TASS reports.

    The two met to discuss preparations for the upcoming “elections” in the DPR and social issues in the Donbas.

    “I spoke at length with Vladislav Yuryevich about the situation in the republic. A high appraisal was given of the functioning of all administrative structures during the transitional period. The clear and professional work of the …

  • Media: DPR’s fate decided in Rostov, Surkov backed Pushilin

    Following the assassination of its leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, the unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has found itself in a state of complete uncertainty, writes Russian publication the Insider. Initially, at an urgently convened session of the DPR government, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers Dmitry Trapeznikov was appointed as interim leader, the Russian news outlet The Insider reports. Rumors spread that the regional elections planned for autumn would be postponed or …

  • Permanent Representative of Ukraine to UN: talks between Volker and Surkov are ‘on the verge of death’

    Negotiations between Kurt Volker, a special representative of the US State Department for Ukraine, and Vladislav Surkov, Russian presidential aide, on the Donbas are "‘on the verge of death", Vladimir Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the US announced at a press conference in Kyiv, Hromadske reports.

    “There is no unity or progress there. Progress depends on the Surkov-Volker track that seems to be ‘on the verge of death’. They have not met since January. They haven’t made any …

  • Surkov reappointed as Putin’s aide

    Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov, the person responsible for collaboration with Abkhazia , South Ossetia and Donbas, has been reappointed to the same position.

    This was announced on the Kremlin’s official website, and the corresponding decree was signed by Vladimir Putin.

    “Surkov Vladislav Yuryevich was appointed as the aide to the President of the Russian Federation,” the announcement states.

    The decree is valid from the date of signing.

    Recently there were rumors in the Russian …

  • Putin's adviser on Donbas Surkov may be replaced

    The newspaper Kommersant reported that Russia will appoint a new representative in charge of the so-called to the Donetsk Luhansk People’s Republics, to replace Vladislav Surkov.

    According to the newspaper, government reshuffle in the Kremlin will affect advisers and assistants to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Surkov is Putin’s aide in matters related to the Commonwealth of Independent States, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Ukraine.

    Mikhail Babich, whose appointment as Russia’s ambassador …

  • 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. …