Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden held a phone conversation, presidential administration reported.
The Ukrainian leader informed Biden on the recent developments in Donbas; Poroshenko marked that Russia and Kremlin-backed fighters show no will to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine.
The sides discussed further political and diplomatic steps to release Crimea from Russian occupation, negotiated over ways to extend political and economic pressure on Russia so that the Kremlin fulfills its commitments regarding the Minsk deal.
Biden and Poroshenko marked importance of continuing reforms in Ukraine, especially financial cooperation with the IMF.
Previously, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the West might ultimately lift the sanctions on Russia, if the Kremlin implements the Minsk deal to the full extent.