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 Talks with Russia over Syria will not change U.S. sanctions in response to destabilizing actions in Ukraine, - US Defense Secretary

Talks with Russia over Syria conflict will neither take away from the strong U.S. condemnation of Russian actions in Ukraine nor change U.S. sanctions and security support in response to destabilizing actions.

This was announced by the U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the joint press conference with Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak at Pentagon on Thursday, Censor.NET reports citing the U.S. Department of Defense.

Carter said the U.S. message to Russia stands firm as the United States is "adjusting its posture and investments to deter Russian aggression, and working with NATO and other security partners to do the same."

The Defense Department will continue ongoing U.S.-Russia military talks on issues in Syria and countering the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, where mutual interests overlap, he said. But those talks will neither take away from the strong U.S. condemnation of Russian actions in Ukraine nor change U.S. sanctions and security support in response to destabilizing actions, he added.

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Carter reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and praised his counterpart for his leadership and fortitude "at a critical time for the security of his country, the region and the world."

Ukraine has made "a genuine effort to live up to its Minsk commitments, and has shown considerable restraint in the face of provocations and attacks," the secretary said, referring to a February cease-fire agreement.

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The United States will continue to back the Ukrainian military's right to defend itself when Russian-separatist forces attack its positions, U.S. Defense Secretary reiterated.
 
 
 
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