MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Kiev authorities need to take steps for settlement in Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in an exclusive interview with TASS First Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman.
"Yes, Ukraine has to deal. The government in Kiev has to do things. But they’ve done many things," Kerry said.
"And yes, we will - we are engaged with the government of Kiev. We have been on the ground. The Vice President talked to the president just the other day. We’ve had our personnel on the ground working with the Rada. We will continue to help the government in Kyiv comply," he said.
The top US diplomat expressed hope that Russia will continue calling on the representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk to comply with their commitments under the Minsk peace deal.
"I believe that if both sides do their part here, we could actually see an end to the conflict - we could see elections, we could see election modalities put in place, and we could see the sanctions ultimately lifted on Russia with the full compliance with the Minsk agreement," he said.
"So if we can make progress there, I’m absolutely confident we can build the relationship between the United States and Russia, between the world and Russia, on a much more rapid course," he said.
The top US diplomat said "that will benefit the people of Russia."
"The people of Russia deserve to see these issues addressed in a responsible way so that ultimately, sanctions can be lifted and the people of Russia can see their economy grow, their lives get better, their incomes grow," Kerry said. "That’s our goal and we’d like to see that happen."