US Ambassador: meeting Surkov and Walker will help you work in the «channel format»

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything in fotobanka. Archival photoUS Ambassador: meeting Surkov and Walker will help you work in the «channel format»© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything the image Bank

Washington hopes that the communication channel between the Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov and special envoy of the USA to Ukraine with Kurt Volker will help work in the «Normandy format» (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine), said the US Ambassador in Moscow John Tefft.

Meeting Surkov and Volcker, who was appointed to his post in July, was held last week in Minsk.

«I hope that this channel will be able to help work in the «channel format» in order to eventually implement the Minsk agreements», — the diplomat said in an interview with radio station «Echo of Moscow».

According to him, the US «struggling to find a way to move on the Minsk agreements».

The Ukrainian authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict began more than 10 thousand people.

The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, including during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which from September 2014 adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict continued shelling.