Kremlin calls Surkov-Nuland meeting brief exchange of opinions on Ukraine

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland visits Moscow on May 18

Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov exchanged opinions on the situation in eastern Ukraine in his brief meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, Russian presidential press officer Dmitry Peskov has said.

"It [the meeting between Surkov and Nuland] was not expected to yield any results, it was a brief exchange of opinions," Peskov told reporters on May 18.

He said the purpose of Nuland's visit to Russia was to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine. "It's Ukraine, Donbass, the Minsk agreements. You know that the United States are not participants in the 'Normandy process' and, if you remember, a decision was made to share first-hand information, to establish such a working information exchange mechanism," Peskov said.

Nuland came to Russia within the framework of this information exchange, he said.

He said Nuland is visiting Russia through Foreign Ministry channels. "For this reason, expectations should be learned from the Foreign Ministry," Peskov said.

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