Several months on since January, and we are still waiting for a response from Russia on UN Peacekeeping initiative, put forward to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine. If I was unkind, I’d say we’ll hear back from Putin later in the year, with him posing some stalling, clarification points/proposals. But who knows, I might yet be pleasantly surprised?
Text below is part of May 9th interview with Kurt Volker, from Voice of America. Read in full.
Special representative of the US State Department Kurt Volker said in an interview with the Voice of America that Moscow has not yet responded to the joint proposal of the United States, Germany and France on the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine
The US Helsinki Commission held a briefing in the Senate with the participation of the US Department of State special representative for Ukrainian negotiations Kurt Volcker on the military conflict in the territory of the Donbass and options for a peaceful settlement.Volker, among other things, said that in 2018, 33 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed who defend their land in opposition to the financed and controlled by Moscow separatists, among whom there are active Russian military.
My last meeting with my Russian counterpart [Vladislav Surkov] took place in January. And we knew that it would take them a while, because ahead of all were first the re-election of President Putin, and then inauguration. At the same time I want to note that this is still a hot war. People continue to die, and humanitarian problems do not stop. The time has come. We are waiting for a response from the Russian authorities and we hope for some progress.
With Volker having held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, President Poroshenko of Ukraine, said Volker will visit the country on May 14. We should then get another update on how things stand.