On November 13, in Belgrade (Serbia), the US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker met with Vladislav Surkov, the assistant to the President of the Russian Federation. During the meeting they discussed the deployment of UN peacekeepers in the east of Ukraine and Minsk agreements.
Surkov said that Volker provided him with proposals on a resolution on UN peacekeepers.
“American friends conveyed their proposals to our draft resolution of the Security Council in twenty-nine paragraphs. Three of them were considered to be acceptable by our delegation. A little, of course. But still, not zero. Better than zero.”
Surkov noted that he and Volker support the implementation of the Minsk agreements and agreed to "continue working on convergence of positions."
The joint statement of the parties, published on the website of the US Embassy in Russia, said that both the US and Russia will continue to work to achieve peace in the Donbas.
“It is not surprising that the United States and Russia have different concepts for how to make peace, but we will continue to work to get there. There has always been a need for a combination of political and security measures to be taken under Minsk. Both sides agreed to reflect on the discussions today and to think about further ways to address this challenge,” reads the statement
Earlier, QHA reported that the White House had approved the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine, including the anti-tank complexes Javelin, linking this decision with the launch of a peacekeeping operation in the Donbas.