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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Surkov spoke about encouraging the Volcker proposals in the Donbass

It seems Russia and the United States first found common ground on the settlement in the South-East of Ukraine. Of course, before all parties had stated their commitment to the Minsk agreements, but in the details on any particular issue were found to have serious disagreements. Now the Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, after a meeting with the special representative of the US state Department, Kurt Volker in Dubai, said that the new US proposals on Ukraine are implemented.

photo: Mikhail Kovalev

Vladislav Surkov.

Surkov said on Saturday that the talks with Volker again became Russia’s proposal on the introduction of Donbass peacekeepers of the United Nations. And according to the assistant to the President of Russia, this time the Americans brought a more constructive proposals than last meeting.

“Dubai package” the American experience, in contrast to the “Belgrade” in General looks quite feasible. At least at first glance” – leads TASS statement Surkov.

The Russian representative also said that the main part of the American package contains a detailed plan for a phased deployment of the UN mission in the Donbass, all it is linked with the implementation of the political provisions of the Minsk agreements.

“This balanced approach that we seek. We carefully review and promptly give you the answer. Then invite Kurt and his colleagues to a new meeting” – said Surkov.

We will remind that earlier the differences are USA and of Russian peacekeepers in the Donbass was the fact that Washington insisted on the extended mandate of the mission, which was to control all the territory LNR and DND, including the border with Russia. Moscow offered to give UN peacekeepers only a function of protection of OSCE observers but didn’t mind if the peacemakers will accompany observers in their inspection visits in the territory of the unrecognized republics.

Prior to the meeting in Dubai Volcker said that the U.S. does not consider what is happening in the Donbass civil war, as in other cities of Ukraine, where many Russian-speaking people, for example, Kiev and Odessa, there are no conflicts, no oppression of Russian-speaking population. The cause of the war in the Donbass Walker called “the invasion of Russia with the help of hybrid technology.” On the other hand, he rejected the view of several experts, mostly Ukrainian, who stated that Russia wants to take over the territory of Ukraine. “Russia just wants to influence the policies of Kiev, destabilize,” said he.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov on Friday, commenting the upcoming meeting between Walker and Surkov, said that it was just “comparing notes and exchanging opinions on current issues.” “In fact, to expect any results from this meeting is hardly necessary, hardly possible, and it should not, perhaps,” added Sands.

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