Poroshenko thanked Tillerson for the continuation of anti-Russian sanctions
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has held a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson and thanked him for sanctions against Russia. This was reported on the website of the Ukrainian leader.
“Petro Poroshenko expressed gratitude for the continuation of sanctions against Russia, a consistent Washington’s support for strengthening the defense of Ukraine and the UN resolution on Crimea. Rex Tillerson stressed that the United States will continue to support Ukraine”, — stated in the message.
The parties also discussed the worsening situation in the Donbass. On the website Poroshenko said that the deterioration is due to “the increase in the number of attacks by Russian fighters and irresponsible withdrawal of the Russian officers from the Joint center for control and coordination of the ceasefire regime in the Donbas.”
In addition, Poroshenko and Tillerson coordinated position concerning the UN peacekeeping mission in the “occupied part of the Donbass,” said the statement on the website of the Ukrainian President.
Earlier, the US imposed sanctions against a number of Russians in the so-called global Magnitsky act. Among the persons in the list is the son of Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, Artem and the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov.
The “Magnitsky act”, enacted in 2012, imposes personal sanctions against several dozen Russians. The document is named by the name of the lawyer of Fund Hermitage Capital of Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow prison “Matrosskaya Tishina” in 2009, and directed against persons suspected of involvement in his death.