The US special envoy said that the Russian side is not ready for action.
Special envoy of the US state Department on Ukraine Kurt Volker answered the question, did the stalemate in the negotiations in the Normandy format, and noted that the parties do not agree in a very fundamental things, but nevertheless keep in touch.
I still maintained contacts with his Russian colleague (from this format of the talks). We disagree on very fundamental things, but nevertheless we still keep in contact. As far as I know, French and German colleagues also stay in touch (with the Russian partner in the negotiations), said the special envoy of the state Department.
However, he noted that the Russian side, in principle, is not prepared to act.
“They hardly did anything over the last few years to try to return to the region (Donbass) peace and security. But they continue to blame Ukraine, Recalling that the conflict occurs on Ukrainian territory. But it is not the Ukraine came to the Russian territory – the Russians are on Ukrainian territory,” – said Walker.
He also expressed the belief that while Russia will not to undertake new attempts at a peaceful settlement of the situation in the occupied Donbas.
I think that the Russians, apparently, decided that this moment will not make new attempts at peace and will wait for the results of elections in Ukraine next year. As a result, we do not see anything new, except for the constant accusations against others and take care of the negotiations, said the special representative of the United States.
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