KALININGRAD, January 15. At the state residence of the President administration of the Russian Federation in the city of Pionersky near Kaliningrad ended consultations of the Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov with the U.S. assistant Secretary of state for Europe and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland on the Minsk agreement. This was announced by the representative of the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation in Kaliningrad Pavel Mamontov.
Department of state: Surkov and Nuland discuss implementation of Minsk agreements
“The consultation ended. They were held in a closed regime,” he said. The negotiations lasted for more than 4 hours. After “Nuland went to the border area with Lithuania, she will leave the territory of the Russian Federation,” said Mamontov.
The meeting discussed the course of implementation of the Minsk agreements to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. This was stated by the head of the press service of the state Department of the USA John Kirby.
According to him, the meeting between Surkov and Nuland was organized “in development” of the negotiations that took place with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry in the framework of the latter’s visit to Moscow on 15 December last year. Nuland and Surkov met “to discuss the situation in Eastern Ukraine and the need for full implementation of the Minsk agreement,” said Kirby.
Nuland arrived in Kaliningrad from Lithuania. Surkov arrived in the area on January 14.
THE MINSK AGREEMENT
12 February 2015 the negotiators of the contact group in Minsk signed the previously agreed with the heads of the participating countries “channel four” document, providing for a ceasefire in the Donbass February 15. The negotiations “Norman Quartet” consisting of the presidents of Russia, Ukraine and France, as well as the German Chancellor continued in Minsk in various formats (in the narrow format with participation of members of delegations) from the evening of 11 February, a total of about 16 hours.