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 Russia sanctions to be kept until Minsk accords fulfilled, Crimea returned, - US Department of State

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered reassurance in a phone talk with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that the United States supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine and will not revoke sanctions against Russia until it fully complies with the Minsk agreements and returns Crimea under Ukraine's control.

Censor.NET reports citing the U.S. Department of State official statement.

Secretary Tillerson dwelt on his recent trip to Moscow and his message to the Russian leadership that, although the United States is interested in improving relations with Russia, Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle.

He reiterated the United States' firm commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and confirmed that sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine and fully implements its commitments in the Minsk agreements.

The secretary emphasized the importance of Ukraine's continued progress on reform and combating corruption.

Tillerson accepted condolences from President Poroshenko on the recent death of a U.S. member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM).

Read more: Klimkin on Tillerson's visit to Moscow: "This is a step to pressure Russia to finally withdraw from Donbas"

As previously reported, President Petro Poroshenko, speaking by phone with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, extended his condolences to the family and friends of the American representative to the OSCE SMM who had been killed after a mission's patrol vehicle tripped a land mine in the occupied territory, and also condemned all forms of the ongoing obstruction of the mission's work.

Poroshenko also proposed to revisit the deployment of an international peacekeeping contingent in the Donbas under the aegis of the United Nations.
 
 
 
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