U.S. urges Russian Federation to reverse its actions in Ukraine

Posted July 10, 2017

In surprisingly blunt language just two days after presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met in Germany, Tillerson said Russian Federation should use its influence with separatists in Ukraine's east to fully restore an oft-violated truce, end harassment and attacks on global monitors and pull back heavy weaponry to lines agreed upon under a two-year-old accord known as the Minsk Agreement.

While Trump called the meeting "tremendous" and has called for better ties with Moscow, his administration maintained US sanctions targeting Russian Federation over its 2014 seizure of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and backing of armed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Volker, a career diplomat and former ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, is widely seen as a Russian Federation hawk and has called for the U.S.to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine. "First and foremost to restore Ukraine's territorial sovereignty and integrity", Mr Tillerson said alongside Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.

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Earlier, the USA state Department reported that the head of Department Rex Tillerson July 9, will pay a working visit to Kiev to meet with Poroshenko. Kiev and its Western backers accuse Russian Federation of supporting rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, who do not recognize the post-coup government.

Volker, who was the USA permanent representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in July 2008-May 2009, and is now the executive director at a DC-based think tank, the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, was appointed a special representative to Ukraine on Friday.

Later, the press Secretary of the Ukrainian head of Svyatoslav Tsigalko reported that Poroshenko holds talks tete-a-tete with Tillerson, after which the planned negotiations in the extended format.

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Poroshenko, who said Volker would remain in Ukraine for the next several days, maintained that a resolution to the crisis "needs only the political will of Moscow". "That's why the keys to a peaceful settlement are in Moscow".

Speaking to a group of reform advocates at the US ambassador's residence, Tillerson praised Ukraine's progress in combating graft but made clear that more must be accomplished.

"Most of all we want peace in Ukraine". With EU and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation support, Ukraine has come a very long way in the past three years with an ambitious reform programme, and it has begun to bear fruit with the DCFTA and visa liberalization. "This is all about securing Ukraine's future: making the place attractive for investors, being attractive to their European neighbors".

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"You can count on our strong commitment to support humanitarian action to bring some relief to the people that have been displaced", Guterres said.