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 Washington believes better US-Russia relationship possible after Kremlin fulfils its Minsk commitments and returns Crimea to Ukraine

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley admits possibility of better relationship between America and Russia after Moscow fully honors its Minsk commitments and returns control over Crimea to Ukraine.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the U.S. Mission to the U.N., Ambassador Haley said at a U.N. Security Council open debate on Conflicts in Europe Feb. 21.

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"The United States thinks it's possible to have a better relationship with Russia. After all, we confront many of the same threats. But greater cooperation with Russia cannot come at the expense of the security of our European friends and allies. That is why the United States calls on Russia to respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. That is why we continue to urge Russia to show a commitment to peace - by fully implementing the commitments under the Minsk agreements and ending its occupation of Crimea," she said.

Haley also believes Russia's recognition of the documents issued by the "DPR"/"LPR" terrorist organizations to be another direct challenge to peace efforts.

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"Russia has tried to prevent the change that the Ukrainian people demanded. Russia occupied Crimea and attempted to annex this piece of Ukrainian territory - an act the United States does not recognize. Russia then armed, financed, and organized separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, leading to a devastating and senseless conflict that has cost more than 10,000 lives," U.S. ambassador to U.N. said.

"Russia's recognition in recent days of purported passports and other illegitimate documents distributed by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions is another direct challenge to efforts to bring peace to eastern Ukraine," the diplomat said.

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"The United States and the EU remain united in this approach, keeping sanctions in place until Moscow fully honors its Minsk commitments. Our separate Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine," Haley added.
   
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