Nuland: Sanctions Against Russia Must Stay Till Minsk Agreements Performed And Crimea Returned To Ukraine

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland urged not to forget about Ukraine, while fighting terrorist group «Islamic state» in Iraq and Syria.
NEWS IN ENGLISH: http://divannaya-sotnya.com Nuland: Sanctions Against Russia Must Stay Till Minsk Agreements Performed And Crimea Returned To Ukraine
She said this during a Berlin security conference on Tuesday, reports the press service of the US State Department.

“Even as we focus on ISIL, we must not forget that barely two years ago, almost one million Ukrainians stood for days and weeks in the snow on the Maidan to demand that their government give them what we have: human dignity, democracy, clean government, justice,”- said Nuland.

“When Yanukovich turned his back on Europe, Ukrainians would not be denied their choice. But that was unacceptable to both Yanukovich and to the Kremlin, which met the Ukrainian people’s demand with occupation, tanks, Buk missiles, support for the separatists, sabotage, and propaganda,”- she said.

“Today, 93 percent of Ukraine survives as a democratic state in association with Europe because Ukrainians fought and died for their rights, and our nations stood with the people of Ukraine”, – said US Assistant Secretary.

Nuland urged to help Ukraine, including by pressuring Russia in the performance of its obligations under the “Minsk Agreements”: “Sanctions are an essential tool for holding Russia accountable: they must be rolled over until Minsk is fully implemented. And we must keep our Crimea-related sanctions in place until Russia returns the peninsula to Ukraine.”

“And, because the best antidote to Russian aggression and malign influence is Ukraine’s success as a democratic, prosperous, European state, the Ukrainian government must continue to live up to its promises to its own people and maintain the trust of the international community,” – said Nuland.

As was previously informed, Sweden and Lithuania insist on continuation of sanctions against Russia.

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