Donbas elections only possible upon weapons and troops withdrawal and OSCE access, - U.S. Department of State

Withdrawal of weapons and troops, as well as securing of OSCE access to the occupied territories of the eastern Ukraine shall precede the elections in the Donbas.

This was stated by U.S. Department of State spokesperson John Kirby, speaking in Washington on Thursday about the U.S. foreign policy priorities, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

According to Kirby, the elections in the region and fulfillment of the Minsk agreements are only possible upon withdrawal of all troops and weapons from the area and granting access to OSCE monitors.

The spokesperson stressed this was the position of Washington regarding the situation in the Donbas. As soon as this happens, Kirby said, relief of sanctions against Russia might be discussed.

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Kirby stressed that both the international community and Russia itself point to the importance of the Minsk agreements.

He noted that the matter had been discussed by Secretary of State Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov at their recent meeting. Kirby also stressed that the U.S. Department of State would like to see the Minsk agreements implemented in full.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n372741