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Russia, U.S. to continue consultations on situation in Donbas – Kremlin deputy chief of staff

MOSCOW. Oct 13 (Interfax) – Kremlin deputy chief of staff Dmitry Kozak has said that an agreement has been reached in his talks with U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland to continue consultations between Russia and the United States on settlement in southeastern Ukraine.

"There was a substantive and constructive dialogue on the settlement of the conflict in southeastern Ukraine. We confirmed that the Minsk Agreements remain the only foundation for settlement," Kozak told reporters.

"The position of the United States, as stated in Geneva, that considerable progress in the settlement of the conflict is hardly possible without approving the future parameters of autonomy or, in other words, the special status of Donbas as part of Ukraine, was reaffirmed during the talks," he said.

"Bearing in mind that we see eye-to-eye on this fundamental issue, we agreed to continue mutual consultations," Kozak said.