Tillerson Says Russia Must Restore Ukraine Territory, or Sanctions Stay

U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson has put the onus on Russian Federation to end the war in eastern Ukraine and backed the continuation of western sanctions on Moscow, even as President Donald Trump called again for a rapprochement with the Kremlin.

"Its venue is still undecided, but we are determined to hold a decisive, accelerated, practical, detailed dialogue both in the telephone format and at the summit this summer", Poroshenko said at a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Kyiv on Sunday.

"We do call on Russian Federation to honor its commitments that were made under the Minsk accords and to exercise influence over the separatists in the region that they have complete control over", Tillerson said, adding later: "The U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russian Federation will remain in place until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered these particular sanctions".

"The North Atlantic Council brings together the NATO Ambassadors from all 29 NATO member states, so it is an important opportunity to deliver messages to NATO capitals about the need to keep up the pressure on Russian Federation, and to support Ukraine", the ex-NATO Secretary General said. According to a senior state Department official, Tillerson during the visit will present to the Ukrainian President his view of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Poroshenko hailed United States involvement and reiterated Tillerson's commitment to seeking a negotiated peace deal.


Russian Federation accuses Ukraine of violating the ceasefire deals. Under the Obama administration, the USA had taken a hands-off approach to Minsk, allowing the Europeans to take the lead.

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". "It was planned and started in Moscow". The Ukrainian government contends that political reform depends on an end to the violence. 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.

"Most of all we want peace in Ukraine". "This is all about securing Ukraine's future: making the place attractive for investors, being attractive to their European neighbors".

Tillerson also addressed Mr. Trump's meeting with Putin.

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

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