Russia stalling discussions needed for progress on Minsk agreements – U.S. embassy

Russia stalling discussions needed for progress on Minsk agreements – U.S. embassy

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Russia has continued to stall meaningful discussions to make progress towards fulfilling its own commitments under the Minsk agreements, Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Walter Braunohler has said.

He said this in a video address on the occasion of the International Day of Non-Violence.

"Over the past year, President Zelensky and his administration have been constructive in negotiations with Russia, clearly demonstrating their will to end the conflict in Donbas, achieve the de-occupation of Crimea and fully restore Ukraine's control over its internationally recognized border with Russia. Regrettably, Russia has continued to stall meaningful discussions that would allow progress toward fulfilling its own commitments under the Minsk agreements," he said.

At the same time, Braunohler stressed that instead of weakening Ukraine's resolve to defend its freedom and independence, Russia has strengthened it.

In his opinion, the Ukrainian people "are more united, more cohesive, more resilient than ever before."

Braunohler said that the United States stands with the people of Ukraine in their fight for their country's full sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"On this International Day of Non-Violence, we call on Russia to cease its aggression against Ukraine and recognize Ukraine’s right to full sovereignty over its territory," he said.

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