13:34 Jun. 24, 2016
US Assistant Secretary of State discussed Ukraine conflict with Putin's aide
After a brief visit to Kyiv, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland visited Moscow on June 23.
According to the US Embassy press statement, Nuland arrived "for consultations with Russian officials on the situation in eastern Ukraine and next steps to implement the Minsk agreements."
The Russian delegation was led by Vladislav Surkov, the Senior Advisor of the President Valdimir Putin.
Surkov is seen by many as a mastermind of Kremlin's undeclared war in Donbas and the creator of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, which Ukraine considers a terrorist organization.
Nuland has already met Putin's aide back in May and January this year.
Few details emerge following the next round of talks between top US and Russian officials, except for the meager report that "the discussions were very detailed, thorough and constructive."
The negotiators focused on the security aspects of Minsk, including how to accelerate a full ceasefire, heavy weapons withdrawal and full OSCE access to Eastern Ukraine, the embassy statement said.