Putin's and Trump's envoys for Ukraine to meet in Serbia

US special envoy for efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine Kurt Volker and Kremlin aide Vladislav Surkov will meet in Belgrade.

Source: Beta, rferl.org
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Beta reported this on Thursday, citing Radio Free Europe (RFE).

"Will meet Russian counterpart Oct 7 in Belgrade to discuss how to catalyze Minsk implementation and restore Ukraine's territorial integrity," Volker posted on Twitter earlier in the day, according to the broadcaster.

RFE said that "Minsk refers to a February 2015 agreement, signed in the Belarus capital, that called for a cease-fire and set out steps to end the conflict that have gone largely unimplemented."

The meeting will be the second between Volker and Surkov, who is Russian President Vladimir Putin's point man for the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the report added.

"Belgrade is a neutral venue. Volker has thus far refused to meet with Surkov in Russia, and Surkov is barred from the European Union under sanctions imposed in response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine," RFE said in an article posted on its website.

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