MINSK (Sputnik) – Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov called his meeting on Monday with US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker in Minsk useful, adding that the sides did not question the commitment to the Minsk agreements on Ukrainian reconciliation.
“We agreed that the current situation in Ukraine can satisfy neither the conflicting sides, nor the external forces promoting the resolution. The discussion was led in the tone of mutual respect and interest, honestly, seriously without illusions or bias … The commitment to the Minsk agreements was not questioned, both sides came up with fresh ideas and innovative approaches to implement them.”
After the meeting, Surkov said he agreed with Volker to continue joint work on Ukraine, with the topics for the next meeting set out:
“We agreed to continue joint work. We selected the topics for the next meeting. We agreed that the peace process both on the political and security sector tracks should and can progress more quickly.”