Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin has said that his meeting with the United States Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in Zurich was held constructively; the next one could be held before the end of July.
"Today's meeting was constructive, substantive and straightforward. We have agreed to continue our contacts," he told Interfax when asked to assess the meeting.
"Maybe, we will compare our assessments and consider further measures of influencing the parties [to the Ukrainian conflict] before the end of July," the Russian diplomat said.
"The format of the next contact is not known yet," Karasin said.
"We have agreed to make contact, so to speak, before the end of July. We'll see if it is going to be a meeting or a detailed telephone conversation. We'll decide," he said.
When asked whether Russia had managed to persuade America of the need to press Kiev into launching direct dialogue with the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, Karasin said: "There is no need to persuade anyone of it, a channel of cooperation with Americans has been created to think together [about] how to exert the necessary pressure on the parties to the conflict."
He added that his conversation with Nuland had lasted for about two and a half hours. "We went through the whole register of outstanding problems in the context of the Minsk agreements," Karasin said.
The meeting between Karasin and Nuland was held in accordance with the instructions the Russian and U.S. presidents agreed upon during their recent telephone conversation. This contact was created with the aim of fostering implementation of the Minsk agreements aimed at resolving the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
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