The Kremlin said that the new US administration favoured a settlement of the conflict in Ukraine. About it the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, answering the question, what is the US position on the conflict settlement in Ukraine after a telephone conversation of the presidents of the United States and Russia.
“The American side is a strong supporter of the view that we can not allow the Ukrainian crisis to evolve into a chronic crisis, the intensification of efforts to settle this problem”, – said Putin’s press Secretary.
At the same time, he said that the position of the Kremlin “nothing has changed” and he was in favor of the alternative of implementing Minsk-2″.
“In the first place – the implementation of the Minsk agreements by Kiev without any double or triple interpretation of these agreements. This can be the key to success. With this we witness this significant sagging that does not contribute to the solution of this problem”, – said Peskov.
Earlier the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that to address security issues in the Donbass amendments to the Constitution in terms of decentralization and any other political issues of the conflict settlement will be on the agenda.
“In the difficult dialogue convincing our Western allies that any steps to find a political settlement should precede the obvious and undeniable progress in security matters: sustainable ceasefire, withdrawal of Russian occupation troops and vehicles, the disarming of the militias, control over the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border, – first, by the OSCE, and then directly to our glorious border guards,” – said Poroshenko.
“To solve these problems on the agenda are not and will not stand for political issues, including concerns and changes in the Constitution,” the President added.
As you know, one of the first points in the Minsk agreement is a sustainable ceasefire, but Kiev has repeatedly indicated that controlled by Russian militants carried out attacks and provoke the Ukrainian military. At the same time, Moscow insists that Kiev as soon as possible to amended the Constitution and gave the occupied part of Donbas “special status” and would agree to conduct these territories elections and recognize their results. Prior to that, the Kremlin refuses to provide access to uncontrolled parts of the border not only for the Ukrainian border, but also for observers of the OSCE.
We will remind, according to the White house, a telephone conversation between the presidents of the United States and Russia Donald trump, and Vladimir Putin was an important beginning for improving relations between the two countries. “A good conversation has become an important starting step towards improving relations between the US and Russia that need to be corrected,” reads a press release from the White house.
“The conversation lasted about an hour, revolved around topics related to mutual cooperation in the fight against “Islamic state”, as well as efforts to achieve peace, including the situation in Syria,” – said in a statement. Trump and Putin hope that the parties will be able to move quickly to combat terrorism and other important issues of mutual interest.
However, the press Secretary of the White house Sean Spicer reported that Putin and trump wasn’t talking about the lifting of sanctions.
Earlier, Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov also said that Putin and trump has not discussed the lifting of sanctions.