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U.S. insists on implementation of Minsk agreements in Donbas

U.S. insists on implementation of Minsk agreements in DonbasThe U.S. insists on the implementation of the Minsk agreements for the settlement of the conflict in Donbas, U.S. President Barack Obama said after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the so-called G5 summit in Hannover.

"We then, last but not least, also talked about an issue where we are also interested in and where the United States also participates in the Normandy format, namely the solution of the crisis in Ukraine. We stand by the Minsk agreements," Obama said.

In his words, the U.S. attaches the greatest possible importance to the Minsk agreement being implemented as quickly as possible.

"We will put a lot of effort into making this possible in our talks with Ukraine, but also in our talks with Russia. Unfortunately, we still don't have a stable cease-fire. We need to bring the political process forward. And the next few steps we've also discussed very thoroughly," the U.S. president said.

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Also, according to a communiqué issued by the White House on Monday, leaders of the UK, Germany, Italy, the U.S. and France at their informal meeting in Hannover reiterated their rejection of Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of the Crimea.

"There was agreement that full implementation of the Minsk agreements remained crucial. The leaders reiterated that sanctions against Russia would be lifted if the Minsk agreements were fully implemented," the communiqué reads.
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