U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker is to meet Aide to President of Russia Vladislav Surkov in December, for another discussion of a UN peacekeeping mission to Donbas, as a source acquainted with the events told Interfax-Ukraine.
The source says that the meeting is to be held in one of the EU countries. “The participants of the negotiations initiate different approaches to introducing overall principles of stabilizing the situation, see the modality of the presence of the UN contingent in the conflict zone in different ways, even though they have the same view of the mission’s aims. This is why they intend to bring the viewpoints to a compromise,” the source said.
Last time Surkov and Volker met on November 13 in Belgrade. The issue of the UN peacekeeping mission was also discussed. According to Surkov, the U.S. suggestion on the mission contained 29 paragraphs, and Russian delegation “found acceptable” only three of them.