Vice-President Mike Pence during the meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Munich expressed its concern about the escalation of the conflict in the Donbass. About it reports on Saturday, February 18, RIA Novosti with reference to the press service of the White house.
“The Vice President expressed concern about the recent spike in violence in Eastern Ukraine, the leaders agreed on the need for an immediate comprehensive ceasefire”, — stated in the message. Penny, as noted in the White house, called for full implementation of the Minsk agreements. However, he discussed with the Ukrainian leader U.S. participation in the negotiation process.
Pence also assured Poroshenko that the United States supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, not recognizing the “Russian occupation and attempted annexation” of Crimea.
Previously on February 18, Vice-President of the United States put on Russia the responsibility for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, noting, however, that Washington continues to look for “new engagement” with Moscow.
The Minsk agreement is the document agreed at the summit in Minsk in February 2015 leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia in the format “Norman Quartet.” It is aimed at de-escalation of the armed conflict in the South-East of Ukraine.
Western countries constantly laying on Moscow responsibility for their execution, and attribute this to the lifting of sanctions imposed over the Ukrainian conflict. In turn, Russia reminds that it is one of the guarantors of the Minsk process, however, for failure to comply with agreements responsible Kyiv as one of the sides of the confrontation.
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 following a referendum. Kiev does not recognize the election results and considers part of its occupied territory. In Moscow, noted that the accession of the region conform to the norms of international law.