December 24, 2017 – FRN –
US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker has called the outgoing year the most bloody since the beginning of the conflict in the Donbass, saying that sanctions against Russia should continue.
In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, he described it as “absolutely erroneous that the impression that the crisis in the east of Ukraine had died down.
“2017 became the most severe, where ceasefire violations increased, and the number of civilians killed was the highest since the start of the clashes, adding to the collapse of the economy and infrastructure,” the diplomat said.
“It is necessary that the sanctions remain in effect. Compliance with the Minsk Agreements is a key condition, and their failure is a strong motivation for their preservation. We must adhere to restrictions until Minsk is implemented, because they create an incentive for Moscow to comply with the agreement, “he said.
Speaking about Washington’s decision to start supplying arms to Ukraine, Volker called it wrong to classify weapons into lethal and non-lethal: “Everything that helps Kyiv must be legal.”
“I am glad that the restrictions imposed by the Obama administration have been lifted, and now we will move step by step, depending on what the Ukrainians need for protection. This is a positive moment,” Volker said.