Also, the US special envoy Kurt Volker said that Russia continues to insist on his proposal about the introduction of Donbass peacekeepers only to protect the observers of the Special monitoring mission of the OSCE.


The special representative, U.S. Department of State in the Affairs Kurt Volker hopes to negotiate with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov date of their meeting in the next few weeks.

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As the correspondent of the UNIAN reports, the US special envoy said during a telephone briefing for European journalists from Washington.

“We both rely on willingness to meet in the next few weeks. We have no specific date, but I expect soon to hear a response from them,” said Walker.

He expressed the hope that it will be possible to agree on the date of the meeting at a mutually convenient time.

“Nothing is planned in the schedule,” said Walker.

In addition, the special representative recalled that earlier they Surkov exchanged letters.

According to him, at the moment Russia is still very far from being able to agree to the introduction of this in the Donbass UN peacekeeping mission.

“Russia supports the idea of the UN mission, which will only protect the SMM monitors, but will not contribute to security in the region, it does not exercise control over the creation of safe conditions,” he said.

Also, according to Volker, Russia does not agree to disband it created in the Donbass formations, including armed groups.

He added that the conditions put forward by Russia, does not correspond to the Minsk agreement, and therefore international partners, such as Germany, France and others, will support the position of the Russian Federation.

“We hope to continue dialogue, because it’s important,” added the special representative of the United States.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the last meeting Surkov and Walker took place on 26 January in Dubai. Before that, they met three times: August 21, 2017 – Minsk, 7 October and 13 November in Belgrade.

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