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Reports: U.S. Envoy Nuland To Meet With Top Putin Aide

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland

Russian state media report that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland is scheduled to meet in Moscow on June 23 with an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Interfax and TASS both report that Nuland’s meeting would be with presidential aide Vladislav Surkov.

There was no immediate confirmation from Washington about the reports.

Surkov, a former deputy prime minister, is now Putin's personal adviser on Moscow's relationships with Ukraine and Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Nuland was in Kyiv on June 22 for talks with Ukrainian government officials about the situation in eastern Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists are battling against Ukrainian government forces.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax