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    According to the Russian ambassador to the US, the communication between Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov and US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland on Ukraine is useful.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The communication between Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov and US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland on Ukraine is useful as it provides an opportunity for the sides to better understand each other, Russia's Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak said in an interview with Sputnik.

    "Of course, interaction on the Nuland-Surkov line makes it possible to understand each other better, to better understand the possibility of what the Americans can do, want to do or do not want to do. In this regard, it is useful," Kislyak said.

    However, the United States joining the four-party Normandy format to resolve the Ukrainian crisis does not solve existing issues, Sergey Kislyak said.

    "The Americans tend to try to be present in all formats where anything is decided. This is a national and political feature of the country. In the case of Ukraine, the format has been established, it works, and the key to solving issues does not rest with changing formats. Changing the format will not change the Minsk agreements anyway," Kislyak said.

    The Russian envoy clarified Moscow’s stance that Washington needs to convince their Ukrainian partners to implement the set of agreements set out in Minsk-II.


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