U.S. Ambassador says Ukraine should not withdraw from Minsk talks

Ukraine, the Minsk group, and the United States want to find the way to resolve, end this war on favorable terms for Ukraine, he said.

William Taylor, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the United States Embassy in Kyiv, says Ukraine should not withdraw from the negotiation process in Minsk.

“Ukraine, the Minsk group, the United States want to find the way to resolve, end this war on favorable terms for Ukraine. The way to do that is to continue to talk in Minsk, in other places as well,” he told Voice of America’s Ukrainian language service on August 9.

“The final decision, of course, is with Mr. Putin. He is one who can determine if this war is going to end or not, and we have to keep pressing, keep talking, keep the pressure on Russians so that they end this war,” he added.

When asked about the possibility of U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine negotiations Kurt Volker’s meeting with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, he said that Volker had addressed the Russian side in this regard and they exchange views on when it would be possible to continue the dialogue.

Earlier, Ukraine’s representative in the political working group of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement Roman Bezsmertnyi said that after four Ukrainian soldiers were killed in an enemy shelling near Pavlopil in Donbas, Ukraine was supposed to stop its work in Minsk.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, following the deadly shelling near Pavlopil on August 6, held a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron and initiated an urgent meeting in the Normandy format.

(c) Unian

7 comments

  • Who cares? Ze won’t withdraw but suck Putin’s cream…

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  • BS. We already had 5 years of talks, all that did was kill 13,000 people. Time Minsk, the useless Normandy 4, and the OSCE are shown the door. The signatories of the Budapest memorandum have to get involved, and remove the Putin appeasers.

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  • My vote goes with toss Minsk as useless. It did slow the carnage, but as a ceasefire tool they may as well be using a dust pan with no handle. Get the UK and the US involved to read Fuhrer Shorty the Shirtless the riot act. Then be ready to be real firm when he talks back.

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    • I was just reading an article about Trump and Fatboy. Somehow I don’t think Trump is going to read anyone the riot act. This is what he said, it’s enough to make a cat puke.

      ““It was a very positive letter,” he said. “I think we’ll have another meeting. He really wrote a beautiful, three-page – I mean great from top to bottom – a really beautiful letter”

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      • Most of that bluster is a message to China, who is the real enemy. NK has been the weapon of the Chinese and the Kims are all for the idea of nuking America, while China controls them but says they can’t do anything. Sound familiar? By being in love with Fat Boy, Trump can aggravate China and make them think they are losing control of NK to capitalist ideas.

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    • In my opinion, the only keeping Minsk alive is it is linked to all the sanctions. If Minsk dies then all the jellyfish will use that as an excuse to do business with Hitler 2.0

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  • I still think getting the UK and he US involved as cosignatories to the Budapest Memorandum which the murderous midget has trampled all over, is the way forward. Getting Pee Wee Pootie into the room could be a big issue. Trump needs to learn to complete sentences so he exudes some semblance of intelligence.

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