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US will keep eye on situation in Donbas, return of Crimea, says former diplomat

The coordinator of the Justice movement warns against underestimating the diplomacy of the aggressor.

The United States will keep finger on the pulse regarding the settlement of the situation in Donbas and the return of the Crimea, a coordinator of the Justice movement, Ambassador Markiyan Lubkivskyy said on the TV channel 112.Ukraine on Monday, 15 May.

At the same time, he warned Ukrainian diplomats against underestimating the diplomacy of the aggressor country.

"I would like to draw your attention to Trump's statement, which called on both sides to seek peace. One should realize what it is: a formidable rhetoric or a search for compromises, and it's impossible to underestimate the work of Russian diplomats. They are working seriously," Lubkivskyy said as he commented on the recent protocol meeting between US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.

Lubkivskyy said he was convinced that a fully updated Normandy format will resume work in September, upon the elections in Germany.

"The US will decide on their participation in the settlement format. In any event, their presence in the talks may be a first diplomatic success of the US in settling the situation in Donbas," the Justice coordinator said.

He expressed the hope that the announced meeting of the presidents of the United States and Ukraine will be held in the near future.