US must maintain pressure on Russia and its separatist proxies to complete unfinished commitments of Minsk deal, - Nuland

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland focused on the U.S.-EU cooperation on the key threats in her report during the Berlin Security Conference. Among the threats the diplomat named terrorism, the conflict in Syria, and Russia’s aggressive foreign policy in Ukraine. She also stated that the Crimea-related sanctions would not be lifted until Russia returned the peninsula to Ukraine.

Victoria Nuland stated during Berlin Security Conference Nov. 17, Censor.NET reports citing the official website of the U.S. Department of State.

The Assistant Secretary of State recalled that the United States provided political, economic, and security support to Ukraine.

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"We imposed successively harsh rounds of sanctions to bring Russia to the negotiating table; and we supported a diplomatic resolution to the conflict via the Minsk agreements and the Normandy talks led by Germany and France," she said.

Victoria Nuland stressed that it was necessary to help Ukraine to overcome all the difficulties.

"We must maintain pressure on Russia and its separatist proxies to complete the unfinished commitments of Minsk," she noted.

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In this regard she drew attention to the need of the return of all hostages, full humanitarian access for UN agencies, NGOs, and government relief agencies.

Besides, Victoria Nuland stressed the need to hold free, fair elections in the Donbas under the Ukrainian constitution monitored by ODIHR, the removal of all foreign forces and weapons; and the return of the international border to Ukraine.

"Sanctions are an essential tool for holding Russia accountable: they must be rolled over until Minsk is fully implemented. And we must keep our Crimea-related sanctions in place until Russia returns the peninsula to Ukraine," she said.

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The Assistant Secretary of State also urged the Ukrainian government to continue to live up to its promises to its own people and maintain the trust of the international community since she considered Ukraine's success as a democratic, prosperous, European state to be the best antidote to Russian aggression and malign influence.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n361172