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US said to appoint special envoy to Ukraine

Kurt Volker is expected to be among Rex Tillerson team in Kyiv on 9 July.

Washington will apparently appoint a special envoy to Ukraine, an informed source in diplomatic circles told LB.ua on 7 July. Kurt Volcker is a former US ambassador to NATO. Since 2011, he leads the McCain Institute (Arizona, USA).

"It is possible that he will be in Tillerson's team when he comes to Ukraine on 9 July," the source said.

"We are very pleased with this appointment," the source said and noted that the Ukrainian side had already had "productive contacts" with Volker.

"We hope he will actively join the Minsk process," the source said. "He knows Ukraine, he's a serious figure in the US establishment, and he has been directly involved to the Ukrainian case in recent years," he added.

According to the interlocutor of the publication, Volcker's appointment is one of the results of President Petro Poroshenko's visit to the United States.

In Barack Obama's administration, Ukraine was overseen by Victoria Nuland.