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"So on the Ukraine question, I would say that all of the members of the Normandy format – France, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia – have expressed their desire to have a U.S. counterpart that they can work with in the negotiations, not as a member of the Normandy format but as an important support to that format and collaborator with those countries as they negotiate implementation of the Minsk agreements," one of the senior State Department officials said in Washington, D.C.

Read alsoPoroshenko, Merkel united on need to continue active contacts in Normandy format"And so there is broad-based support across the four of them for U.S. involvement, and we are currently considering how best to support the Normandy format and the Minsk negotiations."

As UNIAN reported earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting Ukraine on Sunday, July 9.