He noted that it was important to work on the Ukrainian problem in the Normandy format, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media. "Right now the key point is the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Negotiations are ongoing. So I do not think that now there is an urgent need (in the meeting of Obama and Putin)," said Tefft.
"We are very pleased with the work being done by the leaders of France and Germany (…) Before the second round of meetings on the implementation of the Minsk agreements, President Obama held a telephone conversation with President Putin and President Poroshenko," said Tefft.
The Ambassador also expressed the hope that "now it is possible to achieve progress." In general, he said, Obama supported the process on Ukraine in the Normandy format.
Earlier, Tefft said that only the United States were able to convince Russia to fulfill the Minsk agreements at least partially.
In turn, the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul believes in the necessity of participation of Barack Obama in the negotiations of the Normandy Four.