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 U.S. to double its efforts to support Donbas peace process

The United States, working within the Normandy Format, is going to redouble its efforts to move that process forward.

This was announced by deputy spokesperson of the Department of State Mark Toner at a briefing in Washington, DC, Censor.NET informs.

"She [Victoria Nuland - ed.] said one of the decisions made at Hanover was that they're going to accelerate their own diplomacy in close coordination, as you note, with the Normandy Format leaders to see Minsk implemented - implemented, rather. And this means restoring security and fundamentally - or one of the fundamental parts of that is OSCE access across the Donbas, the return of hostages, preparations for Ukrainian elections in Donbas that meet international standards and that are in accord with the Ukrainian constitution, and then, of course, the withdrawal of all heavy weaponry and foreign forces.

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"And the ultimate goal here is to restore Ukraine's border and sovereignty. These are all parts of the Minsk agreement that have yet to be fulfilled. And so I think she's simply - was stating that we, the United States, working within the Normandy Format, are going to redouble our efforts to move that process forward," Toner said.


 
 
 
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