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 Sanctions against Russia should be kept until Minsk agreements fully implemented, - Kerry

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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The interlocutors coordinated positions on the settlement of the Donbas conflict, including on the elaboration of modalities regarding preparations to elections in separate districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in conformity with the Ukrainian legislation and OSCE standards, as well as under the OSCE/ODIHR monitoring.

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John Kerry reaffirmed the immutable position of the U.S. on the necessity of extending sanctions against Russia until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.

The U.S. secretary of state emphasized that possible coordination with Russia on the important issues of international agenda would not be held at the cost of Ukraine's interests.

The American politician reiterated the position of the U.S. on the non-recognition of Russia's occupation of Crimea.

Petro Poroshenko informed John Kerry on the recent steps in the implementation of domestic reforms in Ukraine.

John Kerry praised the appointment of Ukraine's anti-corruption prosecutor, having emphasized it was an extremely important signal of fight against corruption.

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The president thanked the U.S. for the assistance in strengthening the defense capacity of the country and expressed hope for its continuation.

The parties also discussed the schedule of the forthcoming high-level contacts between the two countries.
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