Surkov will arrive in Minsk for talks on the Donbas


The Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov will arrive on Wednesday in Minsk to discuss settlement of the situation in the Donbass. About it reports “RIA Novosti”, citing a source close to the negotiations.

According to the interlocutor of the Agency, in Minsk, where he currently hosts the meeting of the contact group in Ukraine, will also take place the meeting of representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE. Surkov will take part in the event from the Russian side, the Ukrainian Deputy head of the presidential administration of Ukraine Konstantin Eliseev.

According to the source, the main topic of a separate meeting will be elections of local authorities on the territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

That the advisers of heads of state “Norman Quartet” will meet in Minsk, reported in the first half of the day, the press service of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The report said that the meeting was held in continuation of telephone negotiations of the presidents may 24. The diplomat is one of the countries “Norman Quartet” earlier it was said that during the same conversation, it was decided to form a group of experts in operational and intensive way to discuss the issues of resolving the conflict.

In mid-may, Surkov held a meeting with U.S. assistant Secretary of state Victoria Nuland during her visit to Moscow. She later said that they discussed the situation in Donbas and the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Nuland called the meeting “very constructive”.