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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Surkov happy secret meeting with Volker: the fate of Donbass

Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov in Minsk met with US special envoy for negotiations with Ukraine with Kurt Volker. The meeting was dedicated to, not difficult to guess, the settlement of the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. As it became known, negotiations will soon continue.

photo: Mikhail Kovalev


Earlier, the state Department announced that US special envoy on Ukrainian talks Kurt Volker will travel to Minsk, where he August 21 will hold a meeting with the representative of the Russian government to discuss Russian-Ukrainian relations. The meeting was held without the presence of journalists and its results is only briefly commented on Surkov himself.

In the words of Surkov, the meeting he was “satisfied”. But the essence of their conversation was carried out to ensure that the process of peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Donbas “must go faster”.

Some experts called Surkov the architect of the project of the new Russia, which, if not failed miserably (this could only be judged knowing his ultimate goal), it is clearly deadlocked. Others believe that the meeting Surkov — Walker will be more successful meeting, “Norman Quartet.” And with the help of the U.S., the crisis in the Donbas can be, if not solved, then at least suspended.

According to the Plenipotentiary representative of the unrecognized Luhansk national Republic in the negotiations in Minsk Vladislav Dine until the results of the meeting are not visible yet, but the meeting itself in his opinion was inevitable.

“As for preliminary evaluation of the approach of the Volcker – all very clearly – he said “MK”. – It is quite sharply spoke about the meetings with representatives of the Ukrainian elite, however, showed no attention to the representatives of Donbass. Therefore, the objectivity in this matter on his part is uncertain. Time will tell, but the alternative to the Minsk agreements no.”

According to him, the Surkov – mediator “who tries to stop US intervention in the internal matters of Ukraine”.

The talks in Minsk. Chronicle of events

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