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US Assistant State Secretary to discuss Ukraine with Kremlin aide — source

October 04, 2016, 16:55 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, October 4. /TASS/. US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will hold a meeting with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov in Moscow to discuss the Ukrainian issue, a diplomatic source has told TASS.

"Victoria Nuland will meet with Vladislav Surkov. The Ukrainian issue is expected to be in the limelight," he said.

Nuland is arriving in the Russian capital on Tuesday evening.

On Monday, the press service of the US Department of State reported that Nuland would travel to Moscow to meet with Russian government officials and discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine with them, as well as the next steps in the implementation of the Minsk agreements with a view to maintaining the "Normandy format" and the work of the Trilateral Contact Group.

Normandy Format talks

Accorinng to the Russian diplomatic source, the possibility of holding a Normandy Format (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) meeting in the foreseeable future is being looked into.

"Everything is discussed," he said in reply to the query. "So far it is early to speak about it definitely, but it is being discussed. The Normandy Four (meeting) must be prepared, and the Contact Group continues working," the source added.

"As far as I know, a next meeting will be held in (Belarusian capital) Minsk tomorrow, and our representatives will take part in it," the source went on. "As for what comes next - we will see. Work is underway," he said.

"It is important to see ‘s willingness to comply with the reached agreements, but this is not seen at the moment," he added.

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