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"If current formats are not sufficient, and if there is a need in promoting a direct dialogue between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Switzerland as the OSCE Chairmanship will be ready to do it," said Burkhalter told ITAR-TASS. He underlined that he was ready to use "shuttle diplomacy" between Moscow and Kiev in order to make this format possible.
Burkhalter referred to a speech he delivered on September 5 at the NATO summit in Newport. "The Swiss Chairmanship also strongly supports, and stands ready to host, diplomatic efforts at the highest levels to facilitate transition towards a political process", he told the summit. "Ongoing dialogue between the Presidents of Ukraine and Russia is the best chance we have for settling this crisis", he added.