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 Klimkin on Tillerson's visit to Moscow: "This is a step to pressure Russia to finally withdraw from Donbas"

No talks or cooperation with Russia can be based on mutual trust.

Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told journalists when commenting on the outcomes of the meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on April 12 in Moscow, Censor.NET reports referring to Ukrainski Novyny.

"Tillerson's visit is a step in putting joint pressure on Russia so that it starts considering withdrawal from the Donbas," he said.

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Klimkin added the United States pledged at the last Ukraine-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meeting that it will always stand by Ukraine and that Russian sanctions imposed due to the occupation of the Donbas will stay in force until the Minsk agreements are fully implemented.

"I believe his visit very clearly demonstrated, not only in his statements but also in the logic of what he stated during the press conference... our joint thesis - no talks or cooperation with Russia can be based on mutual trust. During the visit, Tillerson unambiguously confirmed, by the way, what he had said during the recent G7 meeting of foreign ministers: The U.S. is ready to do more for Ukraine. Everyone sitting at this table should also do more. And this is very important," the minister added.
 
 
 
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