MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Peskov answered a question concerning what message the Kremlin wants to convey to US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker, expected to arrive in Russia soon.
"You know that the United States is not a participant of the Normandy format, but, of course, from our viewpoint, [the United States] can and must use its influence in order to induce Ukraine to fulfill the political part of the Minsk agreements," Peskov told journalists.
Late July, Volker visited Kiev and Donbass. Volker described the militia-controlled Donbass territories as "occupied," and claimed that the conflict in eastern Ukraine is not a civil war, but an act of 'Russian aggression.'
Russia has repeatedly said that it is not a party to Ukraine's internal conflict and called on the West to influence Kiev in order to ensure Minsk agreements' implementation.
The United States does not participate in the Normandy format of Ukraine peace talks, nevertheless, Washington appointed Volker as Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations.