Kremlin Reveals the Real Reason Behind Nuland's Visit

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US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in Moscow - Sputnik International
US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs has arrived in Moscow to establish cooperation mechanism on eastern Ukraine, according to the Kremlin.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland's visit to Russia is taking place in the frame of a working mechanism on exchange of information on the situation in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday. 

​"It is Ukraine, Donbas, the Minsk agreements. You know that the United States does not take part in the Normandy process…. It has been decided to share the so-called first-hand information, to establish a sort of a working exchange mechanism. Such contacts take place in frames of this mechanism," Peskov said following the talks between Nuland and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

​Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of a coup.

In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between Ukraine’s conflicting sides in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, after marathon talks of the Normandy Four countries, comprising Russia, Germany, Ukraine and France. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, an all-for-all prisoner exchange and constitutional reforms, which would give a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics.

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