The administration trump may appoint a special representative for Ukraine to communicate with Surkov media
Surkov called the “gray cardinal” of the Kremlin
The administration of U.S. President Donald trump may create the position of special envoy for Ukraine, which will directly negotiate with the assistant to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, Vladislav Surkov, Buzzfeed reports, citing European officials.
According to one diplomat, the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel supported the idea of opening a diplomatic channel and raised this issue during previous meetings with trump.
In addition, it is reported that U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson will control the selection of the envoy, which also will help.
According to officials of the United States, at the moment, “there is a discussion of this idea, however, until final decisions have been made”. The White house official comments do not give.
During the administration of Barack Obama, the functioning of this channel was provided by the then assistant Secretary of state of the United States in the Affairs of Europe and Eurasia Victoria Nuland. The dialogue with the Russian side relate primarily to the implementation of the Minsk agreements and other issues concerning Ukraine.