Nuland: U.S. 'press Moscow to bring end to violence in Ukraine'

Nuland: U.S. 'press Moscow to bring end to violence in Ukraine'The U.S. will extend sanctions against Russia, they are effective, and the U.S. government will continue to work with their European partners in this direction.

This was stated by Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 7.

Victoria Nuland: "To press Moscow to bring an end to the violence in Ukraine and fully implement its commitments under the Minsk agreements, we have worked with the EU, the G7 and other like-minded nations to impose successive rounds of tough, economic sanctions on Russia over the past two years. These sanctions, combined with low oil prices and Russia's continued structural weaknesses, have imposed significant costs. While Moscow has not yet changed its approach to Ukraine, our readiness to toughen sanctions even further has likely played a role in deterring further Russian efforts to grab Ukrainian territory."

She also stressed that the US is now working intensively with Europe to "ensure EU *sanctions are rolled over at the end of this month, and to support France and Germany in their lead diplomatic role to push for full implementation of the Minsk agreements."

"By 2014, however, we had no choice but to re-evaluate our assumptions following Russia's invasion of sovereign Ukrainian territory – first in Crimea, then in eastern Ukraine – which shattered any remaining illusions about this Kremlin's willingness to abide by international law or live by the rules of the institutions that Russia joined at the end of the Cold War."

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Nuland said amid fears over Moscow's aggression, NATO is beefing up its position in Eastern Europe, in order to "reduce vulnerability among friends and Allies facing Russian pressure."
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