WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Moscow to fully implement last month’s ceasefire agreement on Ukraine, the State Department said in a statement Saturday.
The peace deal reached last month in the Belarussian capital Minsk between Kiev, Moscow and the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine includes monitoring and verification by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on both sides of the border.
In a phone call, “Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed the situation in Ukraine and Secretary Kerry emphasized the need for Russia to implement all 12 points in the September 5th Minsk Agreement,” the statement said of Friday’s conversation.
The two top diplomats “also discussed the ongoing P5+1 negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme,” the statement said.
The six powers leading the talks with Iran, known as the P5+1, have set the November deadline to reach a comprehensive deal.