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Kerry: Sanctions to Russia will remain until end of Donbas conflict

Staff Writer | July 8, 2016
U.S. State Secretary John Kerry said the U.S. will maintain sanctions against Russia while the Donbas conflict in Southern Ukraine continues, with the unconditional support of the country's authorities.
John Kerry
Russia and the U.S.   Secretary Kerry ends his tour in Eastern Europe
Kerry made the statements during a joint press conference after talks with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.

The United State and the European Union share the view that Russia is responsible of ensuring security in Donbas and the compliance with the 2015 Minsk agreement, as well as the solution of the conflict generated by the uprising of regions against the US-backed coup in 2014.

Kerry insisted the United States will welcome and support Moscow if they seek detente and the full implementation of the agreements, since Russia is not part of the conflict, but an international mediator along with the United States, France and Germany.

Kerry ends his tour in Eastern Europe, which included countries like Georgia among other allies in the post-Soviet space that hope to enter the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), before Warsaw summit.

"There is a mutual understanding - Russia and its proxies are totally responsible for the slippage of the peace settlement of the conflict in the Donbas", President Poroshenko said.

However, authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions blame Kiev for not complying with the Minsk agreement in political, economic and security aspects.