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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Not just Ukraine: what is to “speak,” Nuland Surkov

Assistant Kerry, Victoria Nuland will meet in Moscow with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov on Thursday, June 23. This information was confirmed by a colleague of Surkov Yury Ushakov at a briefing with reporters. According to the U.S. Department of state, the subject of negotiations in the Russian capital will be the situation in the East of Ukraine, the implementation of “Minsk agreements” and meeting in “Norman format”.

photo: Igor Subbotin

Victoria Nuland

Before visit to Moscow, Nuland should discuss the situation with representatives of the Ukrainian authorities, said the American foreign Ministry.

Earlier official representative of the French government Stephane Le Foll said that in July there would probably be a regular meeting of “Norman Quartet”, this time with the participation of the United States. The Russian side insists that the “channel meeting” should be conducted after the progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements on the part of official Kiev.

Recall that the visit Nuland 23 June in Russia will be the third in a row this year. Previously assistant Secretary of state visited Moscow in may. Then she commented on the “MK” the possibility of independent regional elections in DND and LNR, saying that Washington does not recognize their results, “like many in the international community”.

What has changed in Ukraine since the last visit of Nuland to the Russian capital?

“No big changes,” said the “MK” the Deputy Director of the Center for political technologies, Alexei Makarkin. – There is an exchange Savchenko. Two more exchanged, and all. Nothing more. Negotiations will be conducted along the same lines: what to do with the East of Ukraine, what to do with the elections. I think that the Ukrainian issue will be crucial. I have the feeling that the parties are prepared. Are quite tough statements. Zakharchenko said about the election, addressing the Ukrainian party: if you do not agree, then they will spend without you.”

According to the respondents “MK” analysis, the second topic will be the Syrian issue. “The second is Syria, says Alexei Makarkin. – According to reports, the military situation in the area of Raqqa has become more complicated. Also, according to this, the offensive on the city failed. Accordingly, it is necessary to solve something and possible compromises, and Russia’s influence on Assad. In Syria Sergei Shoigu and said something to Assad. Not sure it was very complimentary. I think that Russia has its own claims against Assad. At the same time there is a desire to preserve its influence in Syria.

The topic of Syria and Ukraine will be the key. I don’t think there will be great agreement, because they are finalized at a meeting in another part, but I think will attempt to work out some issues, which could become the basis for a compromise.”

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