: U.S. State Department praises Ukraine on Minsk progress

12:24 Apr. 28, 2016

U.S. State Department praises Ukraine on Minsk progress

Ukrainian tanks move near Mariupol, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Oct. 8, 2015 (AP photo)

Russia and separatists have not moved towards fulfilling their commitments 

According to U.S. Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner, Ukraine has already implemented most of the Minsk agreement terms, while Russia and the Russian-backed separatists failed to take the same steps.

"Both sides need to fulfill the commitments that they made under Minsk. We have seen and we've talked about the fact that Ukraine has made some serious steps and serious progress on meeting its own commitments with regard to Minsk. We've yet to see the separatists, the Russian-backed separatists, take those same steps", Toner said during the press briefing on April 27.

Read also U.S. specifies financial guarantee conditions for Ukraine

Rejecting allegations concerning pressure on Ukraine's government to hold Donbas elections by July, Toner noted that the U.S. main concern is that they should be held in accordance with international standards and Ukrainian constitution.

"If they can be held by July, as long as they meet those requirements, then I think we would welcome that. But those are fundamental, I think, things we're looking to see", he said.

Read also U.S. insists on 'special status' for militant-held Donbas

Toner also commented on Victoria Nuland's recent trip to Ukraine, highlighting that combating corruption "continues to be a major concern to average Ukrainians who are seeking to have stronger political institutions".

comments powered by Disqus


Politics20:07 Dec. 3, 2016
Ukraine insists on NATO PA meeting in Kyiv - Gerashchenko
Politics19:34 Dec. 3, 2016
Russia's spreading of fakes ‘is beyond propaganda' – U.S. Intel
Politics16:41 Dec. 3, 2016
Politician makes claims about 'massive corruption' in Ukraine
Politics15:45 Dec. 3, 2016
U.S. failed to separate opposition from terrorists in Syria – Moscow
Politics12:02 Dec. 3, 2016
Lavrov ‘doesn't understand' why Kyiv continues military operation
Subscribe to receive regular email updates about Ukraine and Eastern Europe