US-Ukraine-Russia negotiations and the Normandy format – Yermak named the topics of the meeting with Blinken


Head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak called the meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken good and substantive. He stated this today, January 19th, at a briefing in Kiev, the correspondent of the UA TV channel reports.

According to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, the US Secretary of State arrived in order to give a strong signal of support for Ukraine. Among the topics discussed, Yermak named the Ukrainian initiative to introduce a trilateral format of negotiations: the United States – Ukraine – Russia, noting that they talked a lot about it.

Yermak also announced a meeting of advisers to the leaders of the Normandy format, which should take place, according to him, before the end of January.

The head of the President’s Office noted that the ceasefire regime observed by Ukraine allows for fewer dead and wounded, but without a clear mechanism, this is difficult to maintain.

“It is important that there is an arbiter who monitors the process, and we hope that at the meeting of Normandy’s advisers we will agree on this issue” – Yermak said.

Also during the meeting, according to him, Ukraine expressed its position on the sanctions policy on Nord Stream 2.

“Today there is a dialogue that makes it possible to realize down to the smallest details: nothing that concerns Ukraine is impossible without Ukraine: in relation to NATO, the EU and energy security” – Yermak summed up.

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To remind, Blinken’s previous visit to Kyiv took place in May last year. With Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, he discussed the launch of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the imposition of new sanctions against Russia.

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