Russian Federation instigating violence in Ukraine: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meet at the 2017 G-20 Hamburg Summit. Credit Creative Commons

Tillerson is on a visit to Europe during which he has reassured allies with tougher rhetoric against Moscow than that of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has sought better relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. We discussed everything: "from our joint work on the United Nations peacekeeping mission in occupied Donbas to energy security to USA support for an efficient and independent anti-corruption system in Ukraine", Klimkin wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

"We should be clear about the source of this violence", said the top USA diplomat.

"Russia's aggression in Ukraine remains the biggest threat to European security", he said on Wednesday.

Moscow has denied supplying arms and fighters.

"We urge concentrating on (the) elaboration and implementation of specific additional confidence building measures in order to secure the cyber security and not to waste breath with unfounded accusations without any fact", Sergei Lavrov told a meeting of foreign ministers from OSCE countries. "Russia is arming, leading, training and fighting alongside anti-government forces in Ukraine".

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"Russia has long resisted a peacekeeping force, but they have agreed now", Tillerson told reporters after talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in Brussels.

Economic sanctions were placed on Russian Federation by then-US President Barack Obama in 2014 following the country's military action in Crimea and Ukraine.

"We should be clear about the source of this violence", Tillerson said, referring to increasing ceasefire violations recorded by OSCE monitors in eastern Ukraine.

"Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russian Federation returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine", Tillerson added.

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