October 9, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
Earlier it was reported by Fort Russ News that the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a telephone conversation on Monday about the de-escalation zones in Syria.
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In the same telephone conversation the Ukrainian bill on reintegration of Donbass that runs counter to the Minsk agreements was also discussed, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
“The Russian minister noted that the bill on ‘reintegration of Donbass’ advanced by the Kiev authorities is clearly at variance with the Minsk agreements and undermines the peace settlement,” the ministry said.
The pair discussed the Surkov-Volker (Russian president’s aide Vladislav Surkov and US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker) meeting “in Belgrade on October 7 and emphasized the importance of continuing contacts through this channel in the interests of working out realistic approaches to the implementation of the Package of Measures coordinated in Minsk,” the ministry revealed.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.