The US is unlikely to join the “channel format” – the expert

Today’s meeting of U.S. President Donald trump with the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov – a higher priority for the Kremlin than the White house, which does not fix this particular interest. But the fact that the meeting will be held in the American capital is a very important point, because the last time Sergei Lavrov was in Washington in the pre-war 2013. Make the head of the foreign Ministry in the capital of their own state – a sign that, as a minimum, the communication channels of the US and Russia will revive under the new presidential administration in the White house. This “Today” said an analyst at the Institute of world politics Nicholas Beleskov.

The main theme of negotiations, according to experts, will be Syria. Washington wants to hear specifics on the Russian plan for the establishment in Syria of four zones of de-escalation of the conflict. It is known that Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed during the next round of talks on Syria in Astana.

“Lavrov will try to convince Tillerson to support the agreement on the four demilitarized zones. The head of the state Department before you give any hint of support for the initiative will be investigating the points that bother US: how to ensure the divorce of the parties against the background of the unwillingness of the Syrian government to accept the assistance of the United Nations, will speak against the role of Iran as a possible guarantor of demarcation on the ground”, – said Mykola Beleskov.

As regards Ukraine, it is unlikely that this topic will come up at the talks with Lavrov trump, rather, is the issue on the agenda of the meeting of Lavrov and Tillerson, says the analyst.

“If it goes from General things to specifics, I wonder if Tillerson bar, which Merkel raised at the talks with Putin in Sochi on may 2? Merkel said that first you need to guarantee the access of Ukraine to the border, and then go to the local elections. Whether Tillerson to follow the logic of my statement of 31 March on the meeting of the Commission Ukraine-NATO that first you need to create the appropriate conditions in the sphere of security, and then move on to the political part of the settlement? And most importantly, I wonder how many security Tillerson deems sufficient to start the political part of the implementation of the Minsk agreements – here in 2015-2016 between Kiev and Washington were the basic contradictions. While it is unlikely that the US will directly join the Channel format of the negotiations, the possibility that said Pavlo Klimkin, who is currently on a visit to the United States. Most likely, we are waiting for the rebirth of the Nuland-Surkov, when the United States determined who they will represent,” summed up Mykola Beleskov.

We will remind, today in Washington, U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson will hold talks with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. According to the state Department, on the agenda issues of the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. In particular in Ukraine, the parties intend to discuss the need to stop the violence in the East of Ukraine and resolve the conflict through the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.