U.S. State Dept confirms Volker to meet Russia’s representative in Minsk

11:40, 19 August 2017
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United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker will travel to Minsk, Belarus, where he will meet with a representative of the Russian government to discuss Russian-Ukrainian relations on August 21, according to the State Department’s website.

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Volker will then travel to Vilnius, Lithuania, to meet with senior government officials “to discuss the way forward in Ukraine,” the report says.

On August 23, he will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he will join Secretary of Defense James Mattis in meetings with senior Ukrainian government officials “to discuss next steps in diplomatic negotiations to restore Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Read alsoU.S. not to turn blind eye to Russia's aggression in Ukraine – State DeptAs UNIAN reported earlier, U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson on July 7 appointed former U.S. envoy to NATO Kurt Volker a special representative for Ukraine negotiations.

On July 23-24 Volker paid his first visit to Ukraine, including to Avdiyivka and Kramatorsk in Donbas, where he said that the hostilities in eastern Ukraine were no frozen conflict but “hot war.”

In the Barack Obama administration, Volker’s position was occupied by Victoria Nuland.

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