'Kremlin puts pressure on Zelensky' - Volker

Source : 112 Ukraine

The diplomat is convinced it will not work
08:06, 18 July 2019

Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine

Extension of the arrest of Ukrainian POWs and facilitation of the issuance of Russian passports to the residents of Luhansk and Donetsk regions is an attempt to pressure Zelensky on the eve of parliamentary elections, as the U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker has assured, Voice of America reported.

“I am convinced that President Putin and Russia use sailors and the issue of Russian passports aimed at pressuring Zelensky and damage his pre-election prospects. But I don’t think that this will work. Ukrainians have their own opinion concerning their choice. They do understand that such pressure Russia puts against Ukraine can’t win,” Volker commented.

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