UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — White House national security adviser John Bolton arrived in Kiev on Tuesday to meet new President Volodymyr Zelinsky, the US embassy in Ukraine said on its Twitter account.
The first meeting between Bolton and former representative Zelsky, who was elected president in April, comes a day after Paris announced a new Normandy summit that would bring together leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday that the summit, the first since October 2015, will be held “in the coming weeks” and is aimed at moving forward in a “tangible” way in the peace process in eastern Ukraine, as the conflict with pro-Russian separatists continued 13 thousand people have been killed in five years.
During his visit, Bolton will stress “US support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the US embassy said.
Zelinski has repeatedly stressed his desire to resume dialogue with Russia in order to bring peace to his country.
Relations between Ukraine and Russia have been strained since the uprising of the pro-European Maidan uprising in the winter of 2013-2014, which led to the dismissal and flight of then Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to Russia.
After pro-Western leaders came to power, Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea and a war broke out between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists backed by Moscow, according to Kiev and the West, in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions.
The Minsk peace agreements signed in 2015, sponsored by Germany and France, allowed the fighting in eastern Ukraine to decline significantly, but the political side of these agreements remained a dead letter. Both sides blame this failure.
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