Contents tagged with Volker

  • Volker: US to hold consultations with Germany and France on Donbas

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said that representatives of the United States, Germany, and France are planning to hold "Normandy format" consultations  at the beginning of next week, reports Voice of America.

    Volker noted that he is in close contact with European partners on this issue.

    The Joint Operation Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported on August 10 that one Ukrainian military was killed and another was wounded because of the military activity …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker requests a meeting with Putin’s aide Surkov

    The U.S. has requested a bilateral meeting between Putin’s aide Surkov and the US representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker , on the Donbas.

    "The Special Representative of the U.S. State Department for Ukraine Kurt Volker sent a request for a meeting with Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov," said Aleksey Chesnakov, director of the Center for Current Politics as quoted by Interfax.

    Interfax reported, citing an informed source, that the U.S.  is proposing to hold the meeting between …

  • Trump may get involved in Donbas negotiations

    US President Donald Trump could take part in talks to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine, said US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in an interview with The Ukrainian Week (Tyzhden).

    Volker observed that the US president could get involved if Russia had a constructive stance. The format of such talks is not yet being discussed.

    “If there are signs that [Russia] is serious and is prepared to really put an end to the conflict, I am certain that this is very important to …

  • For the first time Ukraine asks to buy weapons from US

    For the first time, Ukraine has asked to purchase weapons from the US, the US Embassy to Ukraine reported.

    “I am pleased to announce that, for the first time, Ukraine has asked to purchase military equipment through the US Defense Department’s sale program. We are starting the process of considering this request. The US adamantly takes the stance of supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and the reformation of its defense sector,” said US Chargé d’Affaires for Ukraine William …

  • Volker tells US Senate about Zelensky’s ties to Kolomoyskyi

    The US State Department is aware that there are ties between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi. However, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker hopes that Zelensky will manage to become a president who is independent of the oligarchs, Voice of America reports.

    During a hearing titled “Five years after the Revolution of Dignity: Ukraine’s progress/Russia’s malign activities” held by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 18 June, Volker …

  • Trump invites Ukrainian President Zelensky to visit Washington

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has received an invitation from US President Donald Trump to come to Washington on an official visit, the Ukrainian Presidential Administration announced.

    “Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is grateful to US President Donald Trump for the invitation to make an official visit to Washington,” the administration said in its statement.

    “The head of state also emphasizes that the bill ‘To provide support to Ukraine to defend its independence, sovereignty, …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky will visit Berlin in June

    The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar said that President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to visit Berlin in June, reports Ukrinform.

    He noted that the Foreign Ministry is working to organize the visit soon. The exact date is still unknown, but most likely it will be scheduled for the second half of June.

    "Today President Zelensky will discuss his visit to Berlin at the meeting with the Foreign Ministers of Germany and France," said Bodnar.

    On May 30, US Special …

  • Volker: US will not recognize Russian passports issued in Crimea and Donbas

    The United States will not recognize Russian passports issued in areas of the Donbas outside of Ukrainian control and Russian annexed Crimea, said Kurt Volker, US State Department’s Special Representative for Ukraine.

    In response to a question asked by a Radio Svoboda correspondent during a telephone briefing in Brussels, the American official said that he considers Russia issuing passports to Ukrainian citizens in the east of Ukraine a “provocative step”. However, he doubts many Ukrainians …

  • Former Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland denied a Russian visa

    Victoria Nuland, the former State Department representative and former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, was denied a Russian visa because she was blacklisted, according to the newspaper Kommersant.

    According to the newspaper, the former official was planning to fly to Moscow for an international conference, organized in part by the Russian Council on International Affairs (RIAC, headed by former Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov). It took place on May 20-21. …

  • Volker: High-level US delegation to attend Zelensky inauguration

    Kurt Volker, the US State Department’s Special Representative for Ukraine, told the BBC Russian service that “the highest level of representation” will attend the inauguration of Ukraine’s president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky.

    “A high level delegation will come from the US to the inauguration of the Ukrainian president in Kyiv. We are waiting for the exact date to be specified, and then we will determine who will be in it. Around the same time, I will try to meet with him to discuss the conflict …