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There are signs of Russia’s will to leave Donbas, Crimea, - U.S. Charge d'Affairs Taylor

U.S. Charge d'Affairs in Ukraine explained that the necessity to bear the cost for maintenance of troops and services in Donbas and Crimea creates a heavy burden on the Russian economy
12:31, 11 September 2019

William Taylor, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Vice-President of the U.S. Institute of Peace
Ukrinform

U.S. Charge d'Affairs in Ukraine William Taylor supposed that the Russian authorities have the will to leave the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea, as Voice of America reported.

“I believe, there are signs that the Russians, particularly Kremlin, would like to leave Donbas. I see the signs that the economic burden, which the Russians feel and the issue is not only about the sanctions…the burden, which the Russian government and the Russian people pay, influence their economy,” the American diplomat said.

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He explained that the necessity to bear the cost for maintenance of troops and services in Donbas and Crimea creates a heavy burden on the Russian economy.

“And the price of Donbas and Crimea for the Russians, in addition to the price of the sanctions drew me to the thought that they would like to withdraw from Donbas. So, if we continue the sanctions and will talk to them, in any format… If this format works then it will be a great format,” Taylor said.

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He believes that the dialogue between presidents Zelensky and Putin takes place good and due to it, he expects that they will be able to reach agreement on Russia’s withdrawal from Donbas and Crimea.

Earlier, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister stated that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky is ready for a meeting in the Normandy format in September

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