MOSCOW, January 20. The Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, who met last week with U.S. Deputy Secretary of state Victoria Nuland, reported on the results of negotiations the head of the Russian state. The meeting between Surkov and Nuland was devoted to the exchange of views of the parties on the settlement in Ukraine, told journalists the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
Surkov called constructive talks with Nuland on the Minsk agreement
“Surkov deals with this issue (Ukrainian settlement), so the supervised issue, he constantly reports to the head of state”, – said the representative of the Kremlin.
Speaking about the negotiations Surkov and Nuland, Peskov said that “in this case we are talking about the dialogue at the expert level between Moscow and Washington.” “The USA are not parties to the “channel process” (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine), however, all, of course, are interested in being participants in the “channel process”, the U.S. had the opportunity to receive information that is called first hand”, – said the press Secretary of the Russian leader.
On the question of journalists whether the meeting with Surkov and Nuland informing the American side about what is happening in the “channel process”, Peskov replied in the affirmative. “Including, in the finishing positions to each other, which, of course, during such meetings to make the most comfortable and productive,” – said Peskov.
January 15, the Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov and Deputy Secretary of state Victoria Nuland in Kaliningrad held extensive consultations in the search for compromise on Ukraine. “It was a kind of brainstorming compromise for the implementation of the Minsk agreements”, – said Surkov. In his words, “some sensitive issues, such as constitutional reform (Ukraine), security and elections to put forward ideas that can be discussed in a contact group in the Normandy format (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine)”.
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.
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