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Foreign Minister of Ukraine: The U.S. is ready to exert pressure on Russia to settle the situation in the Donbas


Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin

Monday, May 15, 2017 9:01:00 AM

After a meeting with US President Donald Tramp on May 10, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Pavlo Klimkin, said that “there are very interesting ideas” but first they must be coordinated with all partners.

Klimkin argues that regarding the process of settling the situation in the Donbas, the United States is ready to exert pressure on Russia. “One of the main political signals is a real desire to join the pressure on Russia. There are very interesting ideas, but I can only speak about them later when we and all of our partners are in agreement. And all these will then have to be agreed with Germany and the newly elected president of France,” the minister said in an interview with “1 + 1″ TV channel following his visit to Washington.

According to Klimkin, the US has “levers of influence” that should be implemented jointly with the EU and other G-7 countries. “These could be real political signals. Of course, there are economic levers of influence and sanctions. This is just one example of what can be done further,” he stated.

He said that one of the “levers of influence” was “the strengthening of the international component in Donbas, the strengthening of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission,” and the creation of another mission that will “really” control the territory of the Donbas.

Earlier, while commenting on the results of meetings with the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine, the US President said that he recommended to Moscow and Kyiv that they normalize relations.

Source: http://uawire.org/news/klimkin-in-the-process-of-settling-the-situation-in-the-donbas-the-us-is-ready-to-exert-pressure-on-the-russian-federation

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