Russian and US envoys for Ukraine meet in Belgrade

Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic announced on Saturday that Russian and US envoys for the Ukraine crisis had met in Belgrade.

Source: B92
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Belgrade (Beta, file, illustratin purposes)
Belgrade (Beta, file, illustratin purposes)

Special adviser to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin Vladislav Surkov and former US ambassador to NATO and US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker met to discuss a cease-fire in the east of Ukraine, Dacic specified in a statement for RTS, carried by the Serbian government's website.

He said the choice of Belgrade was "an indication of a changed and improved foreign policy position of Serbia."

Surkov and Volker, meanwhile, are said to have discussed "the speedy implementation of the Minsk agreement, as well as the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity."

TASS reported that the venue of the closed-door talks was not disclosed, while "local media reported that Surkov and Volker met 'in one of Belgrade’s famous hotels'."

Earlier in the day, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the talks of Surkov and Volker had not initially pursued progress and were supposed to "synchronize watches."

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