Contents tagged with Surkov

  • Media: DPR’s fate decided in Rostov, Surkov backed Pushilin

    Following the assassination of its leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, the unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has found itself in a state of complete uncertainty, writes Russian publication the Insider. Initially, at an urgently convened session of the DPR government, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers Dmitry Trapeznikov was appointed as interim leader, the Russian news outlet The Insider reports. Rumors spread that the regional elections planned for autumn would be postponed or …

  • Permanent Representative of Ukraine to UN: talks between Volker and Surkov are ‘on the verge of death’

    Negotiations between Kurt Volker, a special representative of the US State Department for Ukraine, and Vladislav Surkov, Russian presidential aide, on the Donbas are "‘on the verge of death", Vladimir Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the US announced at a press conference in Kyiv, Hromadske reports.

    “There is no unity or progress there. Progress depends on the Surkov-Volker track that seems to be ‘on the verge of death’. They have not met since January. They haven’t made any …

  • Surkov reappointed as Putin’s aide

    Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov, the person responsible for collaboration with Abkhazia , South Ossetia and Donbas, has been reappointed to the same position.

    This was announced on the Kremlin’s official website, and the corresponding decree was signed by Vladimir Putin.

    “Surkov Vladislav Yuryevich was appointed as the aide to the President of the Russian Federation,” the announcement states.

    The decree is valid from the date of signing.

    Recently there were rumors in the Russian …

  • Putin's adviser on Donbas Surkov may be replaced

    The newspaper Kommersant reported that Russia will appoint a new representative in charge of the so-called to the Donetsk Luhansk People’s Republics, to replace Vladislav Surkov.

    According to the newspaper, government reshuffle in the Kremlin will affect advisers and assistants to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Surkov is Putin’s aide in matters related to the Commonwealth of Independent States, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Ukraine.

    Mikhail Babich, whose appointment as Russia’s ambassador …

  • Putin's aide Surkov and US representative for Ukraine Volker temporarily suspend negotiations about the Donbas

    Russia and the United States have taken a break from discussing the Donbas, stated the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Grigory Karasin.

    “We have taken a break. However, Russia expects that it will not be a long break. We are interested in resuming negotiations,” Karasin said.

    According to Karasin, “both sides need the desire to resume” in order for talks to restart. So at the moment there are not even approximate dates for the next meetings between the representative of the U.S. …

  • Media: Putin’s aide Surkov responsible for LPR and DPR might resign

    Aide to the President of the Russian Federation Vladislav Surkov, who is in charge of the Ukrainian direction and cooperation with the self-proclaimed Abkhazia and South Ossetia, may leave his post as a result of reshuffle in Putin’s administration, RBC news agency reports, citing several sources.

    The sources provided different reasons for Surkov’s possible resignation. This may be due to the fact that "the strategy in the Ukrainian direction overall has reached a deadlock, the Minsk …

  • Putin's Aide Surkov predicts centuries of 'geopolitical loneliness' for Russia

    In an article for the magazine Russia in Global Affairs , Presidential Advisor Vladislav Surkov said that Russia can expect between one and three centuries of “geopolitical loneliness”, and said that the country had abandoned the “multiple fruitless attempts” to integrate into western civilization.  

    According to Surkov, the introduction of sanctions in 2014 brought an end to “Russia’s epic journey” towards the West, “thoughtlessly begun by False Dmitry and decisively continued by Peter I”. …

  • Putin's aide Surkov suggests naming new Russian ballistic missile in honor of separatist commander Givi

    According to RIA Novosti, Assistant to the Russian President Vladislav Surkov expressed the wish to participate in the competition to name new Russian weaponry and stated that he already has his own ideas.

    He said, "I want to participate in the weapon naming competition. I suggested naming it [the ballistic missile] after Givi because he is a hero of the Donbas." Mikhail Tolstykh or “Givi” was a commander of the pro-Russian Somalia battalion in the Donbas. He was killed on February 8, 2017 in …

  • Ukraine protests the OSCE coordinator’s meeting with Surkov

    The Humanitarian Coordinator of the subgroup of the contact group on conflict settlement in the Donbas from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), Toni Frisch did not report to the Trilateral Contact group the outcome of his meeting with Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov, said First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Herashchenko, Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian sub-group of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG).

    "Ukrainian representatives were baffled that …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister calls the meeting between US representative Volker and Putin's aide Surkov fruitless

    At a joint briefing with the Italian Foreign Minister, OSCE Chairman Angelino Alfano in Kyiv, Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, said that the last meeting of Kurt Volker, US State Department Special Representative, and Russian Presidential Assistant Vladislav Surkov was fruitless, Ukrinform reports.

    "I am in constant contact with our American friends and allies. Several times I spoke with Kurt Volker before meeting with Surkov and yesterday too. Unfortunately, during …