US-Russia Relations: No "business as usual" with Russia, US reiterates

15:53 Aug. 31, 2016

No "business as usual" with Russia, US reiterates

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov give a joint news conference following their talks, on July 15, 2016 (Getty Images)

Washington says it still has concerns about Russia's actions in Ukraine

US State Department has reiterated that Washington cannot have "business as usual" with Russia until Moscow implements Minsk agreement on settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

"We still have concerns about, quote/unquote, "business as usual" with respect to Minsk implementation. Now, there's been some progress towards implementation of Minsk, and that's a good thing – progress by both sides. There needs to be more," U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby said at a daily press briefing in Washington, DC, on August 30.

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"Nothing's changed about our view that it's still not – it's still not time for, quote/unquote "business as usual" with Russia across a wide variety of sectors, given the concerns that we still have about their actions in Ukraine, the occupation of Crimea, and the tensions that still exist as we try to get Minsk implemented," Kirby underlined.

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