Contents tagged with Kurt Volker

  • US Special Representative Volker: Ukraine has right to open fire to defend its territory

     In in an interview with the German newspaper Bild, when asked about the OSCE SMM reports, according to which both the illegal armed groups and the Ukrainian army have been firing in the Donbas, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that Ukraine has the right to open fire in its own territory.

    “Of course the Ukrainians are shooting too, but you should bear in mind that all of this is taking place in Ukraine’s territory. It is completely normal for countries to keep soldiers in …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker: DPR and the LPR are 'wholly sustained' by Russia

    The conflict in the Donbas has recently moved into an active phase - a "hot war" - and responsibility, as well as the keys to the end of the conflict, lies with Russia.

    US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker noted this from London during a telephone press briefing to international journalists, writes Krym.Realii.

    "This is still a very hot war. This past week we had virtually a record number of ceasefire violations. OSCE calculated over 7,000 for the week. That is …

  • Volker: France and Germany taking 'small steps' in negotiations with Russia, US approaching more ambitiously

    In an interview with Voice of America, US State Department Special Representative Kurt Volker said that while the United States is in constant contact with European partners, the US approach to negotiating with Russia regarding the Donbas conflict sometimes differs from the approach taken by Germany and France.

    "First of all, I believe that France and Germany are very serious [partners of Ukraine]. I think they very clearly understand the nature of the conflict, and Russia's responsibility, …

  • Volker: if not for the Russian troops there would be no need for a military operation in Donbas

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said in an interview with Voice of America that he is convinced there is no internal conflict in the Donbas.

    "There is no internal conflict; there are no grounds for civil war; there are no reasons for military operations except for the presence of Russian troops," he said.

    Answering a question on whether there is a real chance to end the war given current circumstances, Volker said: " I think, yes, there is, if President Putin wants. I think …

  • US Representative Volker plans new visit to Ukraine

    Kurt Volker, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine, will visit Kyiv in the near future, reports Voice of America.

    "In the near future I will visit Ukraine, I want to go to the eastern part of the country", Volker said, speaking at the Brussels forum. The American diplomat emphasized that the date of the visit hasn’t yet been set.

    The last time Volker visited Ukraine was the day before his meeting with Russian Presidential Aide, Vladislav Surkov. Negotiations between Volker …

  • Volker: Ukraine is still not ready for NATO

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker shared his opinions in Brussels on Saturday, March 10 on Ukraine’s readiness to join NATO. Volker emphasized that Ukraine should have but did not receive a NATO membership action plan or MAP back in 2008 at the Alliance summit in Bucharest. "The US advocated the granting of the MAP to Ukraine and Georgia, which would have been a right move, and which should have been done, because the MAP is not a guarantee of membership, it is an …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker: Putin's statements about new missiles are part of his election campaign

    In an interview with Ukrinform news agency, Kurt Volker, US Department of State Special Representative for Ukraine, said that he believes that Vladimir Putin's statements about new missiles are related to the upcoming elections.

    "I see this mainly in the context of Putin's re-election. It’s a campaign presentation. We have a lot of specific issues in relations with Russia that are worrisome: Syria, North Korea and Ukraine, including the Crimea. We can also recall other bilateral military and …

  • US Special Representative for Ukraine: it's time to think about tougher sanctions over Crimea

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker stated that "it's time to think about tougher sanctions over the Crimea." Ukrinform reports on March 7 that he made the statement during his speech at the Warsaw office of the German Marshall Fund.

    "It is important that the US, EU, Ukraine and other countries do not recognize Russia's annexation of the Crimea. I believe it's time to think about how we can make our position tougher, including consequences for trips [of politicians], trade and …

  • Russia expresses doubt about Volker’s ability to 'contribute to resolving the crisis in the Donbas’ after his statements that LPR and DPR should be disbanded

    U.S. Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker’s call to disband the LPR and the DPR “calls into question” his ability to contribute to the resolution of the crisis in the Donbas, said the chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev, reported RIA Novosti.

    “Volker's words, of course, do not fit into any framework of the existing Minsk agreements and, in my opinion, quite seriously call into question his readiness and ability to make a real contribution to …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker: DPR and LPR must be disbanded

    US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the occupation establishments that Russia has created in the Donbas, the DPR and LPR, must be dismantled, because they do not comply with Ukraine’s constitution.

    He made a statement to this effect during a panel discussion at the Hudson Institute analytic center, which was broadcast on the institute’s website.

    “The so-called Luhansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic are establishments created by Russia …