Can Kurt Volker Solve the Ukraine Crisis?

Ambassador Kurt Volker during a 2009 visit to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nathan Lipscomb

Kurt Volker, widely known as a tough-minded and accomplished diplomat, confronts his biggest challenge in working to implement the Minsk agreements.

In his April Senate testimony, however, Volker indicated he believes that Russia engages in a larger campaign to undermine Western democracies. His language could not have been starker. Russia “has engaged massively in advancing propaganda throughout Europe” and “used ‘fake news’ and hacking and trolling to influence and distort European public perceptions about issues,” he told the committee.

Now Volker will have to use a blend of toughness and diplomatic skills to help resolve the Ukraine problem. According to Rojansky, Volker’s main “challenge will be to act in clear concert with the rest of the Trump administration, including the White House, so that his interlocutors on all sides view him as the president’s representative.”

Curt Mills is a foreign-affairs reporter at the National Interest.

Image: Ambassador Kurt Volker during a 2009 visit to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nathan Lipscomb

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