In their statements, the special representative of the US state Department, Kurt Volker, voiced the position of official Washington, which never questioned the identity of the occupied Crimea to Ukraine. On this edition of «GORDON» said the former head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Konstantin Gryshchenko, commenting on the statement by Walker about the lack of differences between the occupation of the Crimea and the Donbass.
«The U.S. position from the start was the fact that the territorial integrity of Ukraine must be restored. And Crimea belongs in Washington has never been questioned. At least at the official level. If there were any statements that differ from this position, they were unofficial. Walker more firmly and specifically voiced the US position. The question is, what now needs to focus its efforts Ukraine, France and Germany. It is obvious that at this stage the priority is the cessation of hostilities in the Donbass, the exchange of prisoners of war and the political decision», – said Grishchenko.
According to him, administration of the President of the United States Donald trump is interested in resolving the armed conflict in the Donbass.
«If Volcker publicly voiced the US position on Ukraine, then in Washington support it. At the same time, his statements can be addressed to Berlin. The Germans are talking about priorities. That is, they share the sanctions against Russia, introduced because of the Crimea, and those associated with the situation in the Donbas. But if the Germans in the negotiations to use the carrot, the Americans are not shy and stick to get. Now the administration trump need some success or some progress can be submitted as a success. The problems with North Korea, Iran, Syria cannot be addressed quickly. I think the situation in the Donbass in Washington is considered as a more promising option, which can be solved. So Volker was given every opportunity to work in this direction», – said Grishchenko.
In March 2014 Russia annexed the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea, and in April the beginning of the armed conflict in the Donbass. Against Russia was imposed economic sanctions by the United States, the European Union and some other countries in the spring of 2014. The sanctions packages several times expanded and tightened.
29 Aug 2017 German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that a solution to the conflict in the Donbas will be found in the framework of the Normandy format. According to her, the lifting of sanctions will benefit not only Russia but also Germany.
Foreign Minister of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, believes that between Russia and the West should not be a new «ice age».
If Volcker publicly voiced the US position on Ukraine, then in Washington support it – the former foreign Minister of Ukraine Grishchenko 31.08.2017