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U.S. responds to Zelensky’s initiative on extension of Normandy Format

U.S. State Department representative stated that any new format on Donbas should be extended after agreement of all parties
12:49, 9 August 2019

George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the U.S. Department of State
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The U.S. supports the efforts of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on the achievement of peace in Donbas and agrees to participate in it. However, any new format of the conflict’s solution needs the agreement of all sides as Voice of America reported citing U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent.

“We strongly support the efforts of President Zelensky on implementation of the steps towards peace. The actions of the Ukrainian military in Stanytsia Luhanska, the desire to restore the bridge necessary to meet the humanitarian needs show the intention of the new Ukrainian authority to assume steps in the right direction,” the official noted.

Related: EU demands from Russia to influence Donbas separatists to cease hostilities

He also stated that any new format on the settlement of Donbas Conflict must be agreed by all parties.

“Ukraine has all rights to look for the partners for the solution of one of the largest conflicts of modern Europe. Considering Normandy Format one of four countries, the U.S. expressed the desire to participate in the solution of the conflict in Donbas. Now, these efforts are headed by Special Envoy Kurt Volker. The agreement of all parties is needed for the creation of any new format,” Kent said.

He underlined that the commitment of the U.S. to the preservation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine is unwavering. The U.S. considers Donbas and Crimea to be part of Ukraine and it will assume efforts to help Ukraine return its territories.

Related: Donbas militants shell Ukrainian positions ten times

On August 6, the militants shelled the Ukrainian positions near Pavlopil in Donbas. Four Ukrainian soldiers sustained wounds incompatible with life and died at the site. The engineering work took place during the shelling.

President Volodymyr Zelensky held the meeting due to the hostile attacks. Later the Ukrainian leader had a phone conversation with the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Zelensky urged leaders of Normandy Format countries to meet as soon as possible.

Related: President Zelensky offers Turkey to get involved in rebuilding Donbas infrastructure

Later French President Emmanuel Macron stated about his agreement to meet. Then the Germany government also expressed the readiness.

 

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