Surkov: Meeting with Volker was helpful

Сурков: Встреча с Волкером была полезной

Surkov spoke about the meeting with Volker

The meeting of US special envoy on Ukraine and Putin’s assistant ended.

After a meeting with the US special envoy in Ukraine with Kurt Volker, the Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov expressed his satisfaction, sostojalas meeting. According to him, it was “useful and constructive”.

“We agreed that the current situation in the South-East of Ukraine can not satisfy neither the conflicting parties nor the external forces contributing to the settlement. The discussion was conducted in a tone of mutual respect and interest, honestly, seriously, without illusions and bias. Commitment to the Minsk agreements under questioned: both parties propose new ideas and innovative approaches for their implementation”, – said Surkov.

“Agreed to continue their joint work. Identified topics for the next meeting. Agreed that the peace process on the political track and in the field of security can and should go faster” – said the presidential aide.

The meeting of representatives of two countries were held behind closed doors and lasted three hours.

Earlier, the press service of the US state Department announced that Volker is sent to Minsk for a 21 August meeting with “the representative of the Russian government” to discuss Russian-Ukrainian relations.

U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson stated that the Volcker meeting with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov will take place in the near future.

Volker was appointed to his current position on 7 July. Its task is to coordinate all state Department efforts to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.