Nuland’s successor Kurt Volker – US new special representative in Ukraine

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Source : 112 Ukraine

The State Department appointed a special representative to conduct international activities to resolve the crisis in Ukraine
11:27, 10 July 2017

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The State Department appointed a special representative to conduct international activities to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. Trump administration chose former US ambassador to NATO Kurt Volcker to this post.

Volcker will coordinate the efforts of the State Department to resolve the conflict that arose after Russia's invasion of Crimea and the east of Ukraine, said State Department spokesman Gammond.

Volcker will accompany the Secretary of State during his visit to Kyiv on July 9 and will continue to hold regular meetings with participants of the "Norman format": Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, "the State Department said.

Former U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer with deep European experience and relationships at the top levels of the Transatlantic diplomatic and policy communities.

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Professional experience

Ambassador to NATO, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Acting Senior Director for European and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council

Ambassador Kurt Volker provides strategic advice to BGR on a full range of international issues. He previously served as Managing Director, International, for BGR in 2011-2012. A former career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, he had more than 23 years of experience working on European policy under five presidential administrations. He served as Ambassador to NATO from 2008 to 2009, straddling the transition from the Bush to the Obama administrations. From July 2005 to June 2008, Ambassador Volker served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. He was responsible for American policy on U.S.-European Union relations, NATO, the OSCE and numerous other bilateral relationships. He oversaw strategic planning and congressional relations and was responsible for managing approximately 78 overseas posts, 300 domestic employees and a budget of $400 million. Prior to this, Ambassador Volker served at the National Security Council for four years, first as Director for NATO and Western Europe, and then as Acting Senior Director for European and Eurasian Affairs. He was responsible for Transatlantic relations, NATO policy and bilateral relations with several European countries, and headed U.S. preparations for two NATO Summits. From 1999 to 2001, Ambassador Volker was Deputy Director of the Private Office of then NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson. As a State Department Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Senate from 1997 to 1998, Ambassador Volker worked on foreign policy matters for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). His Foreign Service assignments include Brussels, Budapest, London, and several positions in the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador Volker is currently the Executive Director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and is a member of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Advisory Group. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Capital Guardian Funds Trust, the Hungarian Initiatives Foundation, the Atlantic Partnership (U.S.), and is a Trustee of IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France. Ambassador Volker contributes regularly to public policy debates through appearances on BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, and Fox News as well as in publications such as The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, La Stampa, the Christian Science Monitor, and many others. Ambassador Volker has a B.A. from Temple University and an M.A. in International Relations from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He has studied in Sweden and France and speaks Hungarian, Swedish and French.

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It is interesting that Volcker and senator McCain found themselves in an uncomfortable situation: the senator criticizes the government of the Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban, at the same time the McCain Institute receives Hungarian taxpayers money - hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hungarian press reproached McCain for his position, and Volcker, as the head of the Institute, has got into hot water.

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Kurt Volker is an expert on the European region and Russia, known for his calls for international cooperation to counter the challenges of Russia. May 28, The Washington Post, referring to US officials and experts, noted that the US wants to restart talks with the Russian Federation regarding Ukraine. In the time of the Obama administration, Victoria Nuland had contact not only with Kyiv, but also with the assistant to the president of the Russian Federation Vladislav Surkov. It is not yet known whom Volcker would choose to contact with. There is a chance that this will be Surkov again.

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