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 "No internal conflict, no grounds for civil war, no reasons for military operations, except for presence of Russian troops," US Envoy Volker on war in Donbas

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker expects progress on the part of Russia as for the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in the east of Ukraine after the inauguration of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The U.S. diplomat said in an interview with Voice of America, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

Asked why Moscow had not yet responded to a proposal regarding the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine, Volker noted that the absence of an answer was not a surprise for the United States.

We knew that it would take them [the Russian side] time, because ahead of all there was the re-election of President Putin, and then inauguration. At the same time, I want to note that this is still a hot spot. People are still being killed, and humanitarian problems continue unabated. The time has come. We are waiting for a response from the Russian authorities and we hope for some progress, he said.

The U.S. envoy believes that there is a real chance to end the war in the Donbas if this is what President Putin wants to.

I think that it rests with Russia to decide. There is no internal conflict. There are no grounds for a civil war, no reasons for military operations, except for the presence of Russian troops. If we agree on a resolution, especially regarding the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission, which will provide security zones, we will really get an opportunity to put an end to the conflict. There is such a possibility, but it requires Russia's desire to act in this way, Volker stressed.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3065303
 
 
 
 
 
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