Assistant to the head of the State Department to meet with Kozak in Moscow

This is also reported by the sources of the RIA Novosti agencies. The fact that Donfried will visit Moscow and Kiev on December 13 and 15 was previously reported by Reuters, citing a statement from the State Department. As noted in At the State Department's talks, Donfried will emphasize the possibility of achieving diplomatic progress in resolving the conflict in Donbass through the implementation of the Minsk agreements with the support of the Normandy format. The ministry said in a statement that the official was going to hold a meeting “ with government officials '' to discuss Russia's military build-up, as well as strengthening US commitments to Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. As a result, the presidents agreed to instruct their representatives to start “ substantive consultations on these sensitive topics, '' the Kremlin said. and Interfax. Earlier, on December 7, the presidents of Russia and US Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden held a two-hour online meeting, the main topic of which was Ukraine. At it, the Russian president told the head of the United States that Moscow wants to receive legal guarantees that NATO will not expand eastward. Dmitry Kozak As part of the visit to Moscow, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried is scheduled to meet next week with Deputy Chief of Staff of the Russian President Dmitry Kozak, a source in the presidential administration told RBC. Putin also pointed out the need to agree on the non-deployment of weapons on the territories of neighboring countries. Subscribe to YouTube RBK Live broadcasts, videos and recordings of programs on our YouTube channel Истoчник rbc.ru