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 Ukraine conflict to remain obstacle in US-Russia relations without progress in Minsk deal, Tillerson says

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the Donbas conflict will remain an obstacle to improvement in U.S.-Russia relations, calls on Russia to implement the Minsk peace agreements.

The U.S. Secretary of State said at a Moscow press conference jointly with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday, April 12, after meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

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"On Minsk: We considered the importance of the accords. Russia can make progress in implementation by de-escalating violence and taking steps to withdraw separatist armed forces and heavy weapons so that OSCE observers can fulfill their role.

"Until full progress is made on the Minsk accords, the situation in Ukraine will remain an obstacle to improvement in relations between the U.S. and Russia," he said.

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