"We believe firmly that the Minks agreements need to be implemented fully. So far, Russia has not been willing to do that, but we remain prepared to engage, to do whatever we can to facilitate negotiations, the introduction of peacekeepers that it helpful so that the people of eastern Ukraine can get their lives back once again," Volker said.
He emphasized that the United States seeks "a genuine negotiation that restores the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as called for in the Minsk agreements."
The security threats faced by Ukraine over the last five years are unprecedented for modern European countries, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said. He said this in a video address to the participants of the 12th Kyiv Security Forum on Thursday, April 11.
"We firmly believe that the Minsk agreements should be fully implemented. Until now, Russia has not expressed a desire to do this. But we are ready to participate further, ready to facilitate negotiations and the introduction of peacekeepers to help residents of eastern Ukraine return to a peaceful life," Volker said.
He noted that the United States is striving for "sincere negotiations that will restore the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine." "It is also necessary to implement political steps within the framework of the Minsk agreements. Ukraine has done a lot in this direction. And if we can create the necessary security conditions, we will be able to move on," the diplomat said.
"The United States firmly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," he concluded.
Volker also urged to help in every way the residents of the eastern regions of Ukraine affected by the conflict.
The Kyiv Security Forum was launched by Arseniy Yatsenyuk's Open Ukraine Foundation in 2007. It is an annual event, a high-level discussion on topical issues of national security, the Black Sea region, security issues in Europe and global security in the world.