: :inin Kyiv (EET)

US, Britain again urge Kremlin to withdraw troops from Ukraine


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond have again said that Russia should immediately withdraw its troops from Ukraine, end its “material support” for separatists, and meet its commitments under a ceasefire agreement reached in Minsk, Radio Liberty has reported.
“Together with our partners in the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom are supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the Ukrainian government’s efforts to implement important democratic reforms,” Kerry said after a meeting with Hammond at a press conference in Washington.
Hammond, in turn, added: “Ukraine is a sovereign country; its people are entitled to make their decisions about their country’s future. There can be no Russian veto on Ukrainian democracy.”
He said that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko would need continuing international support to ensure stability within the country and to ensure that Ukraine is able to go on making decisions about its own future.
Countries and interstate unions in the West have repeatedly stated that while Ukraine is doing everything to implement the peace plan for Donbas, Russia still has not fulfilled its obligations under this plan, including to ensure the withdrawal of regular Russian troops and mercenaries from Ukrainian territory, control over the Ukrainian-Russian border, the release of hostages and prisoners, etc.

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