Assistant to the President of Russia Vladimir Surkov commended his meeting with US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, which took place today in Minsk. He also called the meeting “useful and constructive”, as TASS informs.
“We agreed that the current situation in South-East of Ukraine can’t be seen as satisfactory by either the conflicting parties, or the external forces facilitating the settlement. The discussion was mutually respectful, interested, honest, and serious, without the illusions and prejudice. The commitment to Minsk agreements wasn’t put under doubt: both parties suggested fresh ideas and innovative approaches to their implementation,” Surkov claimed.
“(We) agreed upon continuing joint work, identified the topics for the next meeting, agreed that the peace settling process in both politics and security can, and must go faster,” he said.
As it was reported earlier, a closed-door meeting between US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and Assistant to the President of Russia Vladimir Surkov was held today in Minsk. The official results of the meeting haven't been aannounced yet. Kurt Volker is to speak out about the meeting in Vilnius, on August 22, where the envoy is going to discuss the issue of regulating the conflict in Ukraine with the Lithuanian government.