Russia hopes that the U.S. influence on Ukraine on the necessity of the fulfillment of Minsk Agreements can help make progress. TASS reported that citing Deputy Head of the Russian Presidential Administration Dmitriy Kozak after the Geneva Summit.
“It seems so... yes, we have a hope that the U.S. position toward the statement that it is necessary to fulfill Minsk Agreements. They should be consistently fulfilled…If our American colleagues succeed to influence the Ukrainian position, we have a chance that there will be progress,” Kozak said.
According to him, Putin and Biden discussed this issue pointedly and agreed that the political part of the Minsk Agreements is the key condition for the settlement of the conflict.
Kozak added that the mechanisms of the solution of this situation were not discussed; only the positions of the sides. The U.S. confirmed that there is no alternative to Minsk-2 for a political settlement of the conflict.
“Russia does not have confidence, but some hope, not 100% hope that something will change, that Americans will use their influence not only to declare commitment but fulfill it consistently,” he underlined.
The meeting of U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin took place on June 16 in Geneva.
The summit consisted of three parts. Ukraine was expected to be one of the topics of talks between the American and Russian leaders. The U.S. delegation included U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and the Russian included Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Kremlin noted that communication will be conditionally divided into three parts: in a narrow format (in the presence of Lavrov and Blinken), in an expanded format, and after a break for tea and coffee, the negotiations continued. In total, the talks lasted some five hours.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was the first to hold the press conference. He stated that both, he and Joe Biden, support the implementation of the Minsk agreements to resolve the conflict in Donbas.