: U.S. will not lift sanctions against Russia - Deputy Secretary of State

13:39 May. 9, 2016

U.S. will not lift sanctions against Russia - Deputy Secretary of State

U.S Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken (AP Photo)

Russia does not fulfill Minsk agreements 

The United States will not cancel sanctions against Russia unless Kremlin fulfills all its obligations under the Minsk agreement.

This was stated by Antony Blinken, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, during his meeting with Romanian media in Bucharest, the Ukrainian news outlet Ukrinform reports.

"We remain firmly in our positions: the sanctions against Russia, imposed by the U.S. and E.U., may be cancelled only if Moscow fully implements its commitments under the Minsk agreements", said Blinken.

He added that "even truce agreements are constantly violated in eastern Ukraine".

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Blinken "noted with regret that for many years following the end of the Cold War the U.S. provided full support to help Russia integrate into international institutions, and until recently the U.S. was the most active supporter of Russia's accession to the WTO."

Blinken said, "Russia's interference in internal affairs of Georgia and Ukraine not only violated the territorial integrity of these countries, but also undermined foundations of international law and world order."

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