Contents tagged with Volker

  • Volker: No Donbas elections until Russian troops are withdrawn

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that Ukraine’s international partners will not pressurize it to hold elections in the Donbas while there are still Russia-controlled forces in the region.

    “I don’t see a scenario where Ukraine is pushed toward holding elections while the territories remain occupied. The ‘Steinmeier Formula can only be implemented after elections have been held,” Volker told the TV channel 1+1 in an interview.

    He said that in order to hold free and fair …

  • Volker: Crimea sanctions on Russia will remain until ‘de-occupation of peninsula'

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the sanctions that have been imposed on Russia due to its annexation of Crimea will remain in force until Russia has fully de-occupied the peninsula.

    When asked for his opinion on factoring Crimea out of the peace agreements pertaining to eastern Ukraine, Volker said that it is necessary to differentiate between the sanctions imposed on Russia in connection with Crimea and those relating to the Donbas.

    “First of all, we imposed …

  • Volker: US waiting for Zelensky’s promised reforms

    During a broadcast of the Ukrainian TV Channel Pryamoi , US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the US is waiting for Ukraine to form a new government and implement the declared intentions before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits Washington.

    “The US government will gladly support the initiatives which Mr Zelensky announced during his election campaign and which are being voiced today, as the government is being formed. These are the promises to continue reforms …

  • Volker: US to hold consultations with Germany and France on Donbas

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said that representatives of the United States, Germany, and France are planning to hold "Normandy format" consultations  at the beginning of next week, reports Voice of America.

    Volker noted that he is in close contact with European partners on this issue.

    The Joint Operation Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported on August 10 that one Ukrainian military was killed and another was wounded because of the military activity …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker requests a meeting with Putin’s aide Surkov

    The U.S. has requested a bilateral meeting between Putin’s aide Surkov and the US representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker , on the Donbas.

    "The Special Representative of the U.S. State Department for Ukraine Kurt Volker sent a request for a meeting with Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov," said Aleksey Chesnakov, director of the Center for Current Politics as quoted by Interfax.

    Interfax reported, citing an informed source, that the U.S.  is proposing to hold the meeting between …

  • Trump may get involved in Donbas negotiations

    US President Donald Trump could take part in talks to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine, said US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in an interview with The Ukrainian Week (Tyzhden).

    Volker observed that the US president could get involved if Russia had a constructive stance. The format of such talks is not yet being discussed.

    “If there are signs that [Russia] is serious and is prepared to really put an end to the conflict, I am certain that this is very important to …

  • For the first time Ukraine asks to buy weapons from US

    For the first time, Ukraine has asked to purchase weapons from the US, the US Embassy to Ukraine reported.

    “I am pleased to announce that, for the first time, Ukraine has asked to purchase military equipment through the US Defense Department’s sale program. We are starting the process of considering this request. The US adamantly takes the stance of supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and the reformation of its defense sector,” said US Chargé d’Affaires for Ukraine William …

  • Volker tells US Senate about Zelensky’s ties to Kolomoyskyi

    The US State Department is aware that there are ties between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi. However, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker hopes that Zelensky will manage to become a president who is independent of the oligarchs, Voice of America reports.

    During a hearing titled “Five years after the Revolution of Dignity: Ukraine’s progress/Russia’s malign activities” held by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 18 June, Volker …

  • Trump invites Ukrainian President Zelensky to visit Washington

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has received an invitation from US President Donald Trump to come to Washington on an official visit, the Ukrainian Presidential Administration announced.

    “Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is grateful to US President Donald Trump for the invitation to make an official visit to Washington,” the administration said in its statement.

    “The head of state also emphasizes that the bill ‘To provide support to Ukraine to defend its independence, sovereignty, …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky will visit Berlin in June

    The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar said that President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to visit Berlin in June, reports Ukrinform.

    He noted that the Foreign Ministry is working to organize the visit soon. The exact date is still unknown, but most likely it will be scheduled for the second half of June.

    "Today President Zelensky will discuss his visit to Berlin at the meeting with the Foreign Ministers of Germany and France," said Bodnar.

    On May 30, US Special …