Biden, Poroshenko Insist Russian Sanctions Must Remain Until Minsk in Place

© Sputnik / Mikhail Palinchak / Go to the photo bankUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko meets with Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, August 2016.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko meets with Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, August 2016. - Sputnik International
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US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke by phone about the Minsk accord and agreed that sanctions on Russia should remain in place until the agreement is fully implemented, the White House said in a press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between Ukraine’s conflicting sides in Minsk after marathon talks of the Normandy Four leaders, comprising Russia, Germany, Ukraine and France.

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The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, a prisoner exchange and constitutional reforms, which would give a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

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Both sides of the conflict, however, are constantly accusing each other of violations of the agreement.

The Normandy Four leaders met in Berlin on October 20 to discuss the Minsk agreement and other security matters in the Donbass.

"The leaders underscored that international sanctions on Russia must remain in place until Minsk is fully implemented," the release stated on Tuesday.

Additionally, the two officials emphasized the need to continue disengaging forces along the line of contact in the Donbass region, the White House said.

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