French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will arrive later on Thursday to Kiev to present a new plan for settling the crisis in Ukraine and will continue to Moscow on Friday.
“Kerry’s not coming to Moscow,” Ushakov said.
Ushakov added that Kerry had voiced his desire to come to Moscow and that the Kremlin supported the idea.
“But his trip won’t happen because of one or another reason,” Ushakov said.
Violence in eastern Ukraine surged in January. Shelling attacks in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions over the past few weeks have resulted in the deaths of dozens of civilians, in what the United Nations described as the worst violence the region has seen since a shaky truce was signed in Minsk last September.
On January 31, the participants of the contact group on the Ukraine crisis – OSCE representatives, Kiev, Moscow, and the Donbas region – met in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The meeting did not result in any agreement.