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US continues its provocative policy in Ukrainian crisis — Russian UN ambassador

March 20, 2015, 6:09 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
"Washington sticks to its provocative policy in Ukrainian affairs," the Russian diplomat said
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Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin

Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin

© ITAR-TASS/Yuri Mashkov

UNITED NATIONS, March 19. /TASS/. The United States continues its provocative policy in the Ukrainian crisis, Russia’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Vitaly CHurkin said on Thursday.

He said that at a closed-door session of the United Nations Security Council earlier on Thursday he had voiced criticism of Washington’s commending a recent Ukrainian law on specific governance of territories in Donbass and continuing to look at weapons supplies to Kiev.

"We criticized the United States, which has already commended this law, not even bothering to look into details or purposely. Moreover, yesterday (U.S. Vice President Joseph) Biden spoke with (Ukrainian President Petro) Poroshenko about arms supplies. All this indicates that Washington sticks to its provocative policy in Ukrainian affairs," the Russian diplomat said, adding that "a brief but principled" exchange of views had taken place at the Security Council session.

He said the law passed by Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) on March 17 "absolutely violates the logic of the complex of measures stemming from the necessity to solve all problems through consultations between Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk." He said at the U. N. Security Council session he had called on the leaders of France and Germany who put their signatures under the complex of measures to implement the Minsk agreements to invigorate efforts to find a way out of the current deadlock in the Ukrainian settlement.

On Thursday, Russia submitted to the United Nations Security Council a draft resolution on support to the complex of measures to implement the Minsk agreements. "The international community must send a corresponding signal to Kiev and that is why we have submitted a very brief draft resolution," the Russian U.N. ambassador said, adding that the document was tasked "to once again reiterate the necessity of /observing/ the Minsk agreements and specifically what concerns a dialogue between Kiev, Lugansk and Donetsk in terms of the modality of local elections."

The agreements signed in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk on February 12 were endorsed by Security Council resolution 2202 adopted on February 17. The Russia-initiated document calls on all parties to ensure complete implementation of the complex of measures, including a comprehensive ceasefire.

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