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Poroshenko, Pompeo discuss anti-Russian sanctions, UN peacekeepers presence in Donbas

These and many more topics were agreed on during the phone conversation
08:05, 8 August 2018

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a phone conversation; the Ukrainian leader's press service reported that on early Wednesday.

'The parties commended approaches to further counteraction to Russian aggression and restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity, taking into account recent contacts between the two Heads of States. Petro Poroshenko thanked Mike Pompeo for the historic declaration of non-recognition of the attempt by the Russian aggressor to annex the Ukrainian Crimea. In this regard, the parties stressed the priority of switching from the policy of non-recognition of the annexation to the policy of de-occupation of Crimea', says the message.

The administration quoted Pompeo saying that 'U.S. approaches towards policy regarding Russia remained clear and unambiguous - as long as the Kremlin refuses to change its confrontational policy, the price of aggression for Russia will continue to grow'.

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'The parties emphasized that the policy of sanctions against Russia would be maintained until the restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea. Attempts by the Russian side to aggravate the situation will further receive an adequate response and increase the price of the ongoing aggression', Poroshenko's press service said.

The sides also discussed UN peacekeepers presence in Donbas, the release of Ukrainian political prisoners, security issues related to Nord Stream II project, as well as the successful beginning of the process of launching the Anticorruption Court in Ukraine.

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