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Russia has not yet demonstrated political will to end Donbas conflict, - Volker

Source : 112 Ukraine

U.S. State Department Special Representative also commented on the possibility of holding elections in the Donbas occupied territories
21:04, 14 September 2019

U.S. State Department Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker
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Special Representative of the US State Department Kurt Volker said that Russia has not yet demonstrated the political will to end the conflict in Donbas. He stated this during his speech at the Yalta European Strategy forum, RBC-Ukraine reports.

It is mentioned that Volker also commented on the possibility of holding elections in the Donbas occupied territories.

"Free elections can only be held in an honest and free, safe environment ... Yet Russia has not demonstrated the political will to end the conflict," Special Representative of the US State Department said.

The American diplomat also emphasized that Russia tried to use the conflict to put pressure on Ukraine and Ukrainian politics, "but this does not work out."

Earlier Volker expressed hope for a further exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia.

Related: Exchange of prisoners in "all for all" format to take place in the near future, - MFA head

It was reported that the U.S. State Department Special Representative said that the United States is ready to join the Normandy format if there is a need for this.
 
Volker commented on the proposal of Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky to include representatives of the United States and the United Kingdom in the Normandy format.

"If there is a need for a wider format, of course, we will join it," Volker said.

Earlier, it was reported that representatives of the United States, France and Germany planned to hold consultations on the Normandy format.

It was also reported that the United States supports the efforts of the President of Ukraine to achieve peace in Donbas, and agree to take part in it, but any new format for resolving the conflict in the region needs consent of all parties.

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