United States and Russia have “different concepts for how to make peace”

U.S. Special Representative Volker and Russian Presidential Representative Surkov release joint statement
14:34, 14 November 2017

U.S. and Russian envoys after the discussion of the conflict in eastern Ukraine say their countries have "different concepts for how to make peace" but will continue to work to achieve that goal. This was stated on the website of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia.

"U.S. Special Representative Volker and Russian Presidential Representative Surkov met in Belgrade on November 13, 2017. It was their third meeting and was a thorough discussion of the current diplomatic state of play concerning efforts to end the war in Donbas. It is not surprising that the United States and Russia have different concepts for how to make peace, but we will continue to work to get there. There has always been a need for a combination of political and security measures to be taken under Minsk. Both sides agreed to reflect on the discussions today and to think about further ways to address this challenge," the statement says.

Volker had said before the meeting that it would focus on the possibility of an international peacekeeping force being deployed in the parts of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk provinces that are held by Russia-backed separatists.

Related: Zakharchenko, Surkov open memorial to "Heroes of Donbas" in Rostov-on-Don

After the meeting, Russian President aide said that the United States proposed addendum to the Russian draft resolution on the UN mission in Donbas consisting of 29 paragraphs. According to him, some of the U.S. proposals to amend the draft resolution of the Russian Federation on the UN mission in Donbas are acceptable.

"We discussed in detail the Russian initiative to deploy UN forces in Ukraine, and our American friends passed over their proposals to our draft Security Council resolution - 29 paragraphs, three of which our delegation considered acceptable. It’s not much, of course, but still three are not zero It’s better than zero," Surkov said.

"The representatives of Russia and the United States agree on the main thing - the Minsk agreement should be implemented. For this it is necessary to accelerate the fulfillment by Kyiv its political obligations while strengthening security in the conflict zone," he added.

As it was reported earlier Kurt Volker, the US Special Envoy to Ukraine and Vladislav Surkov, the Counselor of Russian president discussed all topical issues on the settlement of the Donbas conflict, including the issue of the UN peacekeepers in Belgrade on November 13. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson of Russian president reported this.

Related: Surkov and Volker discussed UN draft resolution on Donbas proposed by Russia

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