Everything in the report. Why did you come Walker

Все на отчет. Зачем приехал Волкер

With the US special envoy of the Ukrainian government to discuss the situation in the Donbas, execution of Minsk agreements and deliveries of American weapons.

Ukraine once again came the US special envoy Kurt Volker.

The theme of the visit standard – Donbass, security, weapons. On the background of the visit of Volker talked a former Vice-President of the USA Joseph Biden, who previously served as the chief envoy to Washington in relations with the Ukrainian authorities. Biden spoke as forced Poroshenko to dismiss the Prosecutor General Viktor Shokina.

Walker yet so deep Ukrainian realities have not penetrated. But the meeting holds. And for sure his memoirs will be interesting.

That discusses

With President Clinton Walker discussed issues relating to problems in the Donbas.

“Moscow must finally demonstrate political will for a peaceful settlement and agree to the stationing of the UN peacekeeping mission in the occupied Donbas, including the uncontrolled part of the Russian-Ukrainian state border”, – reads the statement of the President of Ukraine after the meeting.

Poroshenko and Walker noted the release of Ukrainian hostages in the end of last year and the importance of completing this process.

“The consolidation of sustainable and comprehensive ceasefire and the withdrawal of the Russian occupation troops Ukraine remains our absolute priority,” the report says.

The chief of staff and commander of the Armed forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko also met with Volker.

During the meeting, Muzhenko informed the American diplomat on the current situation in the East of Ukraine.

“The parties exchanged views on topical issues of regional security and prospects of development of bilateral relations between Ukraine and the United States in the defense sphere”, – reported in a press-service of the General staff.

With the Minister for the temporarily occupied territories Vadim Chernysh Walker discussed assistance to residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. And NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov Walker discussed the new law on Donbass.

Met with Secretary of the 🇺🇦NSDC Oleksandr Turchynov to discuss reintegration bill and the need to protect the rights and well-being of Ukrainian citizens living in the Donbas + the need for peaceful resolution of the conflict. @Turchynov @NSDC_ua @USEmbassyKyiv pic.twitter.com/MPNQ0Kt9cY

— Kurt Volker (@SpecRepUkraine) 24 Jan 2018

Walker and he was going to Donbass, but canceled the trip because of bad weather.

What are the challenges?

In Ukraine, Walker stopped on the road to meet with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, to be held on January 26 in Dubai.

In the course of negotiations the sides will discuss the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, the prospects for the introduction and the possible format of the peacekeeping mission.

Previously, Mr. Walker stated that the previous meeting with Surkov on November 13 in Belgrade was “a step backwards”. According to him, the Kremlin was not ready to hear their ideas on the introduction of a full-fledged UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas.

“It was nice meeting and positive discussion, but it was a step back. We will see what will happen at our next meeting,” said Walker in November after the meeting.

Walker also stressed that the US is not going to negotiate over Ukraine without regard for her opinion. “The United States would not negotiate about Ukraine without Ukraine. I remain in close contact with my Ukrainian colleagues from the presidential administration, the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Parliament and colleagues from France and Germany,” said Volker.

A new format?

Political analyst Vadim Karasev believes that during the consultations Volcker and Surkov will be discussed on how to offer Russia a new format of negotiations, which will present Ukraine, USA and Russia.

“Yet without Germany and France, and probably no European Union, whose vaunted diplomatic machine, in the minds of Americans, already rusted and in need of lengthy repairs. It is worth Recalling that after the adoption of the law on the Donbass, Ukraine has made a strategic bet on Washington and Norman quadrangle – Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France is slowly turning into more efficient productive triangle – Ukraine, Russia and the USA”, – the expert believes.

The Americans took very seriously the problem of Donbass and Ukraine, said Karasev.

“Involving US in all the problems means that they will be interested in all Ukrainian problems, including and anti-corruption investigation, pressure, advance the American model of anti-corruption court. Because of this, this triangle will be uncomfortable not only Russia, but the Ukrainian government, as it will push for corruption and other transgressions” – predicts analyst.

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