Donbas for Russia is method to keep Ukraine under its influence, - Volker

U.S. Special Envoy noted that Kremlin, actually, is not interested in “maintaining Donbas”
11:25, 16 September 2019

U.S. State Department Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker

U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker believes that Russia needs Donbas to keep Ukraine under its influence despite the presence of reasons to leave this region as 1+1 TV channel reported.

“I think there are some reasons why Russia should leave Donbas. They, actually, are not interested in “maintaining Donbas”. They just cynically play with human lives to influence Kyiv and keep Ukraine under the Russian influence,” Volker emphasized.

He finds such a geopolitical strategy to be a mistake as Russia gets absolutely opposite effect from the goal, which it wants to reach by continuing occupation and war in Donbas.

Related: French and US OSCE representatives urge Russia to continue negotiations on Donbas conflict

U.S. Special Envoy stated about the readiness of his country as well as France, Germany, Ukraine to help Russia to find a simple way for retreat and return of peace to occupied territories when the leadership of this state will be ready for it.

Earlier Kurt Volker stated that Russia will definitely leave the annexed Crimea - just like the USSR left the Baltic States after 40 years of occupation. 

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