: U.S., EU reiterate Russia must implement Minsk accords

16:37 Apr. 26, 2016

U.S., EU reiterate Russia must implement Minsk accords

A pro-Russian separatist patrols the area after shelling in Kominternovo village, near Mariupol, Ukraine, 15 January 2016 (Getty Images)

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U.S. President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi have reiterated that sanctions against Russia will be lifted if the Minsk agreements are fully implemented.

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"On Ukraine, leaders reiterated their rejection of Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of the Crimea. There was agreement that full implementation of the Minsk agreements remained crucial. The leaders reiterated that sanctions against Russia would be lifted if the Minsk agreements were fully implemented," the leaders said after Monday talks at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hannover, Germany, the White House said.

"The conversation covered the most urgent issues on the trans-Atlantic agenda. The leaders agreed that the implications of irregular migration to Europe posed a severe challenge that needed to be addressed in a comprehensive and sustainable manner, reflecting the values that Europe and the United States share: this implies ongoing NATO and EU activities as well as efforts to tackle the root causes of flight and migration," the report says. 

Reporting by UNIAN


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