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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Peace in Ukraine will be discussed in Dubai

In an interview with DW, the special envoy of the USA in Ukraine Kurt Volker said that on January 26 in Dubai plans to hold a meeting with the assistant to the Russian President Vladislav Surkov. The American side is optimistic about a speedy peaceful settlement of Ukrainian problems.

photo: Alexander Astafyev

On the eve of the meeting with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, the special representative of the US state Department, Kurt Volker, in charge of the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the East of Ukraine, gave an interview to German newspaper DW, in which he said that a new round of negotiations will be held on January 26 in Dubai. The American side explained that it is impossible to hold a meeting in Brussels, as Surkov is in the sanctions list. “We need to find a place where you could come Surkov. One time we met in Minsk, two times in Serbia, now the appointment was made in Dubai”, – said the American diplomat.

Walker is confident that the Ukrainian crisis is not a civil war. “Let’s see how many Russian-speaking citizens living in Kiev or Odessa, between residents there is no conflict, no discrimination. The war is only in the East due to the fact that Russia is using hybrid technology, has invaded the territory of neighboring States,” said American negotiator.

Answering a journalist’s question why nobody calls this conflict a war, including the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (referring to the adoption of the draft law on the reintegration of Donbass), the U.S. special representative explained that all the fault semantics. “You know, it’s all about how people interpret certain concepts,” he said.

Also, Walker does not believe that the Russian Federation plans to capture the whole of Ukrainian territory, according to him, Russia simply wants to influence the policies of Kiev, destabilize. At the moment, according to him, all previously held talks with Surkov has stalled, because Russia has returned to its original proposal to narrow the UN peacekeeping mission only to the security of the OSCE monitoring mission.

The us side encourages Russia to end the conflict and establish peace. If the Russian side will continue to deny his involvement in the conflict, pointing out that for normalization we need to agree with its controlled in the region structures, the situation is not resolved, I’m sure Walker.

“Let’s see if Russia’s position to remain unchanged. Not to say that I am optimistic,” concluded the American negotiator.


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