US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said that negotiations on Donbas had reached a stalemate. But she noted that the United States could play a supporting role in resolving the conflict in Donbas. Nuland made a corresponding statement at the Kyiv forum.
Nuland noted that the United States has long supported the Minsk agreements, although many points are not being implemented. But the main demands are to withdraw foreign troops from Ukraine and to hold free independent elections.
"Negotiations have reached a stalemate, and both sides are doing everything possible to delay the discussion of major elements. Does Putin really want to return Donbas? We do not know, but we believe in it and think that the United States can play a supporting role as we they did it before," Nuland said.
She also called on Russia and Ukraine to agree on a Christmas truce.
"We see that the Christmas holidays are approaching. We call on both Moscow and Kyiv to cooperate and take measures, especially on the ceasefire in the context of the Christmas holidays. This would be a good start," she said.