Secretary Tillerson Appoints Ambassador Kurt Volker Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations

Elias Hubbard
July 9, 2017

"We count on the help of our partners - the United States - in the Normandy format and expect that Russian Federation rationally comprehends this situation", Poroshenko said at a joint briefing with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Kyiv on Sunday.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday he had chosen an envoy to lead U.S. diplomacy on the Ukraine crisis, adding that he had moved to fill the position at the urging of Russia's leader.

Volker will "coordinate all State Department efforts to bring a resolution to the conflict created when Russian Federation invaded Crimea and later eastern Ukraine", Tillerson spokesman R.C. Hammond told Bloomberg.

Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker, a longtime diplomat, will be responsible for advancing U.S. interests as set out in the 2015 Minsk agreement to curb the conflict in Ukraine's Donbass region.

Mr. Tillerson will meet Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today.

He also served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in the final months of Bush's administration and in the early months the Obama administration.

Tillerson said the United States remains committed to brokering a peaceful solution in Ukraine.

Tillerson on Sunday "will reaffirm America's commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, while encouraging the government of Ukraine to continue implementing reforms that will strengthen Ukraine's economic, political and military resilience", the US State Department said in a statement. Prior to that, he worked at the National Security Council and on European affairs at the State Department.

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