Next meetings between U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Russia’s Presidential advisor Vladislav Surkov are possible, said U.S. Ambassador in Russia John Tefft (Interfax-Ukraine).
Tefft added the recent meeting of the officials was rather useful and instrumental, in the view of the U.S. side.
The Ambassador added that the United States stay committed to the Normandy format of Minsk peace negotiations. “We closely cooperate with France and Germany, and implementation of the Minsk deal remains the key issue”, Tefft concluded.
On January 15, between U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Russia’s Presidential advisor Vladislav Surkov discussed implementation of Minsk agreements at a meeting in Kaliningrad, Russia. Surkov called the six hour-long talks “a brainstorm”, while John Kirby, the official representative of the U.S. Department of State, described them as “constructive”.