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Volker, Surkov have not reached a common position on Ukraine

The United States and Russia have different concepts about how to achieve peace.

Volker, Surkov have not reached a common position on Ukraine
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On Monday, November 13, talks were held in Belgrade between US special envoy on Ukraine Kurt Volker and Russian presidential aide Vladyslav Surkov.

The US Embassy in Russia reported that they had a comprehensive discussion of the current state of affairs in the diplomatic sphere regarding efforts to end hostilities in 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 ", -. US Embassy said in a press release.

TASS in turn said referring to Surkov that the negotiations raised the issue of the peacekeeping mission for Donbas.

"Our American friends presented their proposals concerning our Security Council draft resolution, which contained 29 paragraphs. Our delegation came to the conclusion that three of them were acceptable," the agency quoted Surkob as saying

"It's not a lot, of course. But still not zero. Better than zero," the Kremlin aide added.

Both Surkov and Volker were confident that "the Minsk Agreements should be implemented. In order to do that, there is a need to accelerate the fulfilment of Kyiv's political obligations and at the same time strengthen security in the conflict zone," Surkov said.

It was the third meeting between Surkov and Volker. E arlier they held talks in Minsk on August 21 and Belgrade on October 7