Washington also stressed that he did not intend to enter into agreements behind the back of Kiev
The U.S. once again urged Russia to withdraw its forces and heavy weapons from Eastern Ukraine and agree to the placement in the region of the UN peacekeeping force, while assuring the Ukraine that any diplomatic agreement on the cessation of the conflict behind her back to be will be.
The announcement came amid a visit of the first Deputy U.S. Secretary of state John Sullivan in Kiev, aimed, in his words, to “achieve a political solution that recognizes the sovereignty of Ukraine and the inadmissibility of the use of violence to achieve political change.”
Telling journalists about the visit of Sullivan, state Department spokesman Heather Nauert on Thursday said that he held meetings with Minister of foreign Affairs, Prime Minister and President Petro Poroshenko, with whom he discussed the importance of continuing reforms in Ukraine, in particular the establishment of an independent anti-corruption court.
Sullivan also stressed that the United States continues to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Nauert expressed regret that Russia continues to contribute to the continuation of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine that has already claimed more than 10,000 lives.
“Russia has repeatedly demonstrated that it is able to stop the violence, when he wants, she said. – The U.S. once again urged Russia to order its puppet forces to respect the complete cease-fire, withdraw their forces and heavy weapons from Eastern Ukraine and agree to the deployment of a full UN peacekeeping force”.
She also quoted Sullivan that “given the stakes, it is important to clearly define U.S. policy on the conflict: Crimea is part of Ukraine. Donbass is part of Ukraine. We will never agree to one region of Ukraine was traded for another. We will never conclude an agreement on Ukraine without the participation of Ukraine.”
According to Nauert, Sullivan also called on Ukrainian leaders to redouble efforts to undertake critical reforms and the fight against corruption.
In Russia, however, the call of States was regarded with skepticism.
The Chairman of the Federation Council Commission on information policy Alexei Pushkov said that the chances of Russia to agree to the introduction of peacekeepers in the Donbass, on us terms, small.
“In fact, the Department of state urges Moscow to agree to UN peacekeepers played the role of an occupying army in the Donbass, and gave him up to the Kiev regime, and he will hold the long-planned sweep of Donbass,” wrote the Senator in his microblog on Twitter.
“The scheme is understandable, but impossible. It is time for the state Department to understand this,” added Pushkov.