Kremlin spokesman on Surkov-Nuland talks: Understanding that Kyiv not complying with Minsk Agreements growing
The understanding is growing that Kyiv is not complying with its obligations under the Minsk Agreements on settling the conflict in Donbas, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in commenting on Wednesday's negotiations between Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.
"The understanding that Kyiv is not complying with its obligations under the Minsk Agreements, especially its political component, is growing. The steps that are clearly stated on paper and signed by President Poroshenko have still not been taken," Peskov said in reply to a question from a Ukrainian journalist on Thursday.
In this light, "the parties [Surkov and Nuland] have been talking precisely in the context of the need to use all possible influence and methods of pressure on Kyiv so as to prompt the Ukrainian side to implement the obligations it has undertaken," he said.
Asked by a journalist to clarify whether he implied that the U.S.' understanding of this was growing, Peskov replied he meant "all participants."