Volker: Russia has not yet done what it has said it would do

US NATO ambassador Kurt Volker, interviewed by RFE/RL:

We need to first make sure that Russia has done what it has said it would do before we get to the point of talking about the structure of the Geneva talks. We need to make sure that Russia is, in fact, implementing the withdrawal of its forces that it promised to do.

Ultimately, if we’re going to have a settlement to the conflict zones, all the parties are going to have to be engaged, but they will not be there as independent states. We would need to be engaging the peoples of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as part of Georgia’s sovereign territory.

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