Department of state: Peace in Donbas possible outside of “Normandy”

Госдеп: Мир в Донбассе возможен вне "Нормандии"

Political changes in the United States and France, as well as the Russian presidential election, create opportunities to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.

Special representative of US state Department on Ukraine Kurt Volker told about the “window of opportunity” that will allow you to resolve the conflict in the Donbas out of the Normandy format. He stated this after a visit to the ATO zone, writes Le Monde.

“With more than a thousand violations of the ceasefire regime and daily deaths, it is impossible to speak about freezing of the conflict or stabilization. This is a real brutal war,” said Walker.

He believes that Russia wants to maintain its pressure on Ukraine, so the war in the Donbas continues.

The American diplomat also said that Moscow is also affecting “the ability of Europeans to decide,” because Europe depends on Russian gas.

Walker said that he intends to support the “transatlantic approach” and to give preference to the Minsk agreements, which, according to him, led Russia to the negotiating table.

“Political changes in the United States and France, and the approaching presidential elections in Russia in 2018, giving a window of opportunity to get results out of a Norman format”, – he stressed.

The French newspaper notes that the emergence in the state Department special person in Ukraine suggests that the US wants to take an active part in resolving the conflict in the Donbas.

Earlier, Walker said that in Ukraine Russian tanks more than the whole of Western Europe. He noted that the trump system is considered the possibility of arms supplies Ukraine.

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