Russia failed to fully implement Minsk agreements – Joe Biden


U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

Poroshenko and Biden agreed that Russia and Russia-backed separatists had still failed to fully implement the first few steps under the February 12, 2015, Minsk Implementation Plan calling for a ceasefire and the removal of heavy weapons from the line of contact.

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The two leaders also discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements, and the Vice President welcomed President Poroshenko's proposal to create a 30-kilometer zone free of tanks, artillery and mortar systems along the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, to be monitored by the OSCE.

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Joe Biden and Petro Poroshenko discussed ongoing U.S. security assistance for Ukraine, Ukraine's anti-corruption efforts, energy security, and the urgency of seeking justice in the Malaysia Airlines MH-17 tragedy. The Vice President welcomed the recent reform laws that were passed by the Rada and noted the need for keeping the pace with Ukraine's reform agenda, particularly on combatting corruption.