USA: Russian sanctions to remain until Ukrainian ‘territorial integrity is restored’ — Tillerson

US Secretary of state Rex Tillerson reaffirmed his stance on the Russian-Ukrainian territory conflict during a press conference at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington DC on Tuesday, stating the “stringent sanctions regime” in place “will not change until Russia's invasion of Ukraine is resolved and territorial integrity is returned.” «When you invite another country and take their... Еще territory that cannot be left to stand. And that is the basis for the very stringent sanctions regime that the US and Europe imposed on Russia as a result of that invasion. And that regime will not change until Russia's invasion of Ukraine is resolved and territorial integrity is returned,» he said. «We have higher incidents of civilian injuries and deaths in 2017 than we had in 2016. Incidents of ceasefire violations are up 60 per cent and we must get the violence down in east Ukraine. And so our priority is end the violence, stop the killing that is going on in east Ukraine,» he added. The US Secretary of State also touched on accusations of Russian interference with the 2016 US elections, questioning the alleged motives behind the interference. «It is something that I do not understand about why Russia thinks that it's in its interests to disrupt the free and fair elections of other countries. What do you hope to achieve?» Tillerson said.

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