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Russian aggression in Ukraine means challenge for entire Europe, - Volker
18:11, 22 August 2017
Russian aggression in Ukraine means challenge for entire Europe, - Volker

The U.S. Special Envoy on Ukraine’s affairs visited Lithuania for talks on settlement of Donbas conflict

18:11, 22 August 2017

112 Agency

The ongoing Russian military aggression against Ukraine is not a challenge for a single state; it’s a risk for the entire European continent. Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy on Ukraine’s affairs, said that at a briefing in Vilnius, where he came for negotiations on peaceful settlement of Donbas conflict.

‘We gathered here as the military actions on the European continent continue. This is less than two hours by plane from here. This conflict should not have taken place at all; so now, we’ve got to stop the human suffering… About 10,000 already deceased in the conflict; millions were forced to leave their lives. It is a challenge not only for Ukraine, but also for the entire Europe,’ he said.

As 112 International reported, on Monday, Minsk hosted the meeting between Kurt Volker and Vladislav Surkov, the presidential advisor to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The sides discussed ways of Donbas conflict’s solution.  After the meeting, Surkov stated that none of the parties are ‘fine’ with the current situation in Donbas.

On August 23, Volker will join U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, as they are going to meet with Ukraine’s high-ranked officials in Kyiv.

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