10:13 Aug. 13, 2016
US vice president holds phone talks with Poroshenko
The responsibility for military provocations on the administrative border between the Crimean peninsula and mainland Ukraine is on Russia, said US vice president Joe Biden during a phone conversation with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, the president's press service reports.
Biden and Poroshenko discussed the current situation caused by provocations in Crimea, and the Donbas fighting escalation.
The vice president praised Poroshenko's efforts to resolve the crisis. "He also stated the US follows the developments of the Crimean provocation, the responsibility for which is fully on Russia," the press service's statement reads. "In this context the important thing was said to be not allowing Moscow to use the Crimea situation as an excuse to openly violate Minsk agreements."
Biden also reiterated US's firm position on non-recognition of Crimea's annexation and on the need to continue sanctions against Russia.