Contents tagged with Kurt Volker

  • Herashchenko: Poroshenko and US representative Volker will discuss the return of Ukrainian prisoners from their captivity in the Donbas

    One of the issues for the meeting between President Petro Poroshenko and the United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Kurt Volker, will be the issue of the release of Ukrainian hostages in the occupied Donbas, as well as political prisoners in the Russian Federation, as stated by the Ukrainian representative to the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, Iryna Herashchenko, Ukrinform reports.

    "The President of Ukraine is working on all of these issues and I …

  • Media: At previous meeting with Surkov, Volker wanted to learn if Russia was ready to resolve the Donbas conflict

    On October 7, a meeting between the US Department of State's Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, and Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov took place in Belgrade. However, the details of the meeting had remained unknown- until now.

    The publication, citing sources in diplomatic circles, has reported that the meeting itself consisted of three elements. First, lunch; further, a tête-à-tête, which lasted more than an hour; and, finally, communication with members of their …

  • Media: Ahead of meeting with Putin’s aide Surkov US representative Volker will visit Ukraine on October 27

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker will visit Ukraine next Friday, on October 27, Zerkalo Nedeli (the Mirror Weekly) reported with reference to a source in the Ukrainian government.

    According to the source, Volker will meet with the Ukrainian authorities before meeting with Putin’s advisor, Vladislav Surkov. The date of Volker and Surkov’s meeting has not yet been determined.

    While in Ukraine, Volker intends to take stock of the current situation.

    Ukrainian Ambassador to the …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker and Putin’s aide Surkov held talks in Belgrade

    Negotiations between Russian Presidential Assistant Vladislav Surkov and US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker were constructive, RBC news agency reports quoting Surkov as saying.

    "We discussed the draft resolution of the UN on the Donbas proposed by Russia, and understanding was found on a number of positions. Most of which were recognized as surmountable," Surkov said.

    He added that both sides stressed the need to carry out the Minsk deals, with the Normandy …

  • Ukraine: meetings of US representative for Ukraine Volker and Putin’s aide Surkov are an addition to Normandy talks

    The meeting of the Special Representative of the US State Department Kurt Volker, and a personal advisor to the Russian President, Vladislav Surkov, is an additional platform for negotiations, which complements the Minsk and Normandy formats, the Political Director of the Directorate General for Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Oleksii Makeiev said, as reported by Radio Liberty. According to him, the Ukrainians were informed in advance about the details of this planned …

  • US Representative for Ukraine Volker and Putin’s Aide Surkov to meet on October 7 in Serbia

    US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker will meet with Vladislav Surkov, aide to the Russian president and curator of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic), on October 7 in Serbia.

    This was reported by Interfax, citing Alexey Chesnakov, director of the Russian Center for Political Conjuncture.

    “The second meeting is planned for October 7 in Serbia,” Chesnakov said.

    Volker was appointed as the US Special Representative for Ukraine …

  • Volker: incident with the ammunition depo in Kalynivka will not impact the US decision to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine

    Special representative of the US State Department Kurt Volker stated that Washington's decision to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine will not depend on the explosions at the ammunition depot in Kalynivka, the Voice of America reports.

    On September 26, several explosions began at the arsenal of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine near the city of Kalynivka. About thirty thousand people were evacuated from the territory of Vinnytsky and Kalynivsky districts. The Defense Ministry said that 83,000 …

  • Volker: Russian proposal on peacekeepers in Donbas will further divide Ukraine

    The deployment of UN peacekeepers in the Donbas under the Russian scenario is unacceptable, as this option will further divide the country. However, Russia is already ready for negotiations, as expressed by the US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, in an interview with Voice of America.

    "I believe that the fundamental goals of US policy are clear, as are Ukraine's goals, and they are to restore the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as ensure the security …

  • Special Representative for Ukraine Volker sees no point in US joining the Normandy format

    In an interview with, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that he sees no point in the US joining the Normandy format.

    "Berlin and Paris use their capabilities within the framework of the Minsk process to discuss specific details: where the ceasefire line should lie; how, where and when heavy weapons should be withdrawn; how to counteract escalation in specific hot spots, etc. These are certainly important things. However, the direct participation of the US, I think, …

  • Volker: deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas according to Russia’s proposal will further divide Ukraine

    The introduction of UN peacekeepers into the conflict zone in the Donbas according to the scenario proposed by Russia will aggravate the division of Ukraine, as stated by Special Envoy of the US State Department on Ukraine Kurt Volker, who arrived in Kyiv to participate in the forum "Yalta European Strategy" on Saturday, September 16.

    Volker stressed that the dispatch of peacekeepers by itself is an "interesting offer" but the international forces should replace the Russian troops in the …