Nuland to discuss situation in Donbas in Kyiv, no meeting with Poroshenko planned
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland will discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine and the implementation of the Minsk Agreements with Ukrainian officials in Kyiv on Wednesday.
Based on information possessed by Interfax-Ukraine, Nuland will meet with officials from the Ukrainian presidential office, likely including deputy presidential chief of staff Kostiantyn Yeliseyev, who is in charge of foreign policy issues.
Interfax-Ukraine learned from sources that Nuland would not meet with President Petro Poroshenko, even though such a meeting had been previously planned. "At this moment, such a meeting is not planned, but Nuland will meet with an official from the presidential office," a source said.
It was reported already that Nuland would meet with Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy. She does not plan to negotiate with Ukrainian parliamentary factions.
Interfax does not possess any confirmation that Nuland might have meetings at the Ukrainian Cabinet.
The latest reports indicate that Nuland does not plan to talk with Ukrainian members of the press, although she might issue a statement dealing with the outcomes of the trip.
The U.S. Department of State had reported earlier that Nuland would travel to Kyiv and then to Moscow to discuss the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.