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Visit of Mattis may affect sanctions against Russia and situation in Donbas and Crimea
16:03, 19 August 2017
Visit of Mattis may affect sanctions against Russia and situation in Donbas and Crimea

According to Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Georgy Tuka, Mattis' visit to Ukraine is of a political nature

16:03, 19 August 2017

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The meeting of President Petro Poroshenko and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak with the head of the Pentagon, James Mattis, can positively affect the future of anti-Russian sanctions, as well as the situation in the conflict zone of Donbas and Crimea, stated Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Georgy Tuka in his comment to 112 Ukraine.

According to him, Mattis' visit to Ukraine is of a political nature, but according to its results, we can expect progress in the settlement of Donbas conflict and in the issue of return of  Crimea.

"I think that, yes, based on the fact that it is not the Minister of Agriculture, but the US Secretary of Defense himself, besides a very well-known combat officer, I hope that this will lead to the strengthening of our Armed Forces on the one hand and, on the other hand, - to ету US pressure within their country to those forces that are only interested in business interests and for which the imposition of sanctions against Russia leads to losses, "he said.

He noted that society shouldn't expect the adoption of quick decisions on the Ukrainian issue after the meeting of Mattis with Poroshenko and Poltorak, including in the provision of lethal weapons.

"I do not think that this visit will lead to concrete actions tomorrow, but certain agreements will be reached, maybe they will be implemented in time. I think the common vision of the future of the development vector will be discussed, "Tuka said.

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