Monday, April 21, 2014
Kerry urges Russia to help Ukraine deal execution
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry , on Monday ( 21/4 ) , urged Russia to " take concrete actions " to assist in the implementation of an agreement aimed at easing tensions in Ukraine .
In the telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov , Russia urged Kerry to publicly called on " the separatists to abandon checkpoints and buildings occupied illegally , and handle complaints politically " , said a spokesman for the U.S. State Department Jen Psaki in a briefing .
Russia , Ukraine , the European Union and the United States signed an agreement in Geneva on Thursday ( 17/4 ) to defuse the crisis in Ukraine , but the insurgents in Eastern Ukraine refused to comply with the agreement .
Kerry told Lavrov , Russia needs to show commitment to the Geneva agreement " in the words and actions " and " necessary , decrease the tension is real ," Psaki said , as quoted by Xinhua .
The senior U.S. diplomat also called on Russia to assign a senior diplomat to cooperate with the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ( OSCE ) in Eastern Ukraine . The goal is " to provide an absolute explanation for the separatists that Russia supports the deal and want diredakannya tension " .
On Monday , the White House reiterated Russia could face additional sanctions if it fails to help defuse tensions in Ukraine .
" If there is no progress in a few days , we remain ready , together with European partners and the G - 7 , to impose additional costs on Russia for its actions that undermine stability , " said White House spokesman Jay Carney in a briefing .
On Monday , Lavrov urged the U.S. to stop threatening Russia with sanctions , while turning a blind eye to the atrocities committed by the rebels Ukraine .