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 US to negotiate Donbas with Russia despite friction over Syria, - Department of State

The U.S. is set to continue talks with Russia to resolve the situation in the Donbas despite split over the conflict in Syria.

Discussion of issues related to the conflict in eastern Ukraine was the focus of Victoria Nuland's trip to Moscow, Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Mark C. Toner told a briefing Oct. 5, Censor.NET reports.

Read more: Germany considers expansion of EU sanctions against Russia over its behavior in Syria, - The Wall Street Journal

"Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland was in Moscow. She was joined by National Security Council senior directors, both Celeste Wallander as well as Charlie, or Charles Kupchan, and they did meet on October 5th with Russian officials.

"I think the focus of their trip was in making progress on Ukraine, what are the next steps that need to be taken in order to get the Minsk agreements fully implemented. Just because we suspended cooperation in other areas, our bilateral engagement or - with regard to Ukraine is going to continue. And let there be no confusion about that," Toner said.

Read more: Putin's behavior in Syria and Ukraine has entered the realm of war crimes, - The New York Times

As reported, on Oct. 3, the United States suspended talks with Russia on trying to end the violence in Syria and accused Moscow of not living up to its commitments under the cease-fire agreement.
 
 
 
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