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tillerson says russia must make first move in ukraine peace process


u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson said on sunday that russia must take the first steps to de-escalate violence in eastern ukraine, adding that washington’s primary goal is the restoration of ukrainian territorial integrity.on a maiden official visit to ukraine, tillerson also said the united states would explore ways of changing the status quo in the ukraine crisis, and said russian interference in the 2016 u.s. election still impeded better relations with moscow.(reporting by jonathan landay and natalia zinets; writing by matthias williams; editing by david stamp)






tillerson: russia arms, trains, fights with ukraine rebels


vienna — u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson is lambasting moscow for its aggression in ukraine ahead of a meeting with russia's foreign minister.tillerson is using his opening speech at the organization for security and cooperation in europe to call out russia for interfering with nearby countries. he says russia is "arming, leading, training and fighting alongside anti-government forces" in ukraine.tillerson says the united states will "never accept russia's occupation and attempted annexation" of crimea. he says sanctions will stay in place until russia returns control of the peninsula to ukraine. he says the u.s. joins europe in maintaining other sanctions until russia withdraws military forces from the donbass region of eastern ukraine.tillerson meets later thursday in vienna with r






tillerson calls on russia to reduce tensions in ukraine


kiev, ukraine (ap) — america’s top diplomat says u.s. and e.u. sanctions against russia will remain in place until moscow reverses course in ukraine.u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson tells moscow that it must take the first steps to reduce tensions in the region.tillerson made the remarks sunday in kiev, ukraine, during a joint news conference with ukrainian president petro poroshenko.tillerson says russia should use its influence with separatists in ukraine’s east to fully restore an oft-violated truce, and end harassment and attacks on international monitors. he also wants to see heavy weaponry pulled back to lines agreed upon under a 2-year-old accord known as the minsk agreement.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.poroshenko has long complained about russian i






tillerson to meet ukraine's president, reaffirm us support


kiev, ukraine — u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson is in ukraine to reaffirm american support as the country struggles with a russia-backed insurgency in the east and attempts to crack down on corruption.tillerson meets sunday with ukrainian president petro poroshenko, just 48 hours after sitting in on president donald trump's first face-to-face talks with russian leader vladimir putin in germany.his short visit to kiev comes as the u.s. explores taking a greater role in a european-led effort to end the three-year conflict in ukraine's east that has claimed around 10,000 lives. russia annexed the crimean peninsula from ukraine in 2014.tillerson has appointed a special envoy to examine possibilities for jump-starting implementation of a two-year-old peace roadmap known as the minsk agree






tillerson to meet ukraine’s president, reaffirm us support


kiev, ukraine (ap) — u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson is in ukraine to reaffirm american support as the country struggles with a russia-backed insurgency in the east and attempts to crack down on corruption.tillerson meets sunday with ukrainian president petro poroshenko, just 48 hours after sitting in on president donald trump’s first face-to-face talks with russian leader vladimir putin in germany.his short visit to kiev comes as the u.s. explores taking a greater role in a european-led effort to end the three-year conflict in ukraine’s east that has claimed around 10,000 lives. russia annexed the crimean peninsula from ukraine in 2014.tillerson has appointed a special envoy to examine possibilities for jump-starting implementation of a two-year-old peace roadmap known as the minsk






rex tillerson says u.s. sanctions against russia to remain in place


secretary of state rex tillerson said friday that u.s. sanctions imposed against russia in response to its aggression in ukraine will “remain in place” until russia returns control of crimea to ukraine. “crimea-related sanctions must remain in place until russia returns control of the peninsula to ukraine. even in the face of russia’s aggression, ukraine has accomplished a great deal domestically. we applaud recent reform successes, including anti-corruption efforts and pursuing necessary reforms to meet imf conditionality,” tillerson said at the nato-ukraine commission meeting in brussels.in his remarks, tillerson also said that russia’s aggression against ukraine in 2014 “shook the very foundations of security and stability in europe.”“today, russia’s ongoing hostility and occupation is






rex tillerson says u.s. sanctions against russa to remain in place


secretary of state rex tillerson said friday that u.s. sanctions imposed against russia in response to its aggression in ukraine will “remain in place” until russia returns control of crimea to ukraine. “crimea-related sanctions must remain in place until russia returns control of the peninsula to ukraine. even in the face of russia’s aggression, ukraine has accomplished a great deal domestically. we applaud recent reform successes, including anti-corruption efforts and pursuing necessary reforms to meet imf conditionality,” tillerson said at the nato-ukraine commission meeting in brussels.in his remarks, tillerson also said that russia’s aggression against ukraine in 2014 “shook the very foundations of security and stability in europe.”“today, russia’s ongoing hostility and occupation is






tillerson tells russia it must take first steps to reduce tensions in eastern uk


kiev, ukraine -- u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson has told russia that it must take the first steps to reduce tensions in eastern ukraine, and that american and european sanctions will remain in place until moscow reversed course in the region.tillerson's short visit to kiev comes as the u.s. explores taking a greater role in a european-led effort to end the three-year conflict in ukraine's east that has claimed around 10,000 lives. russia annexed the crimean peninsula from ukraine in 2014.tillerson has appointed a special envoy to examine possibilities for jump-starting implementation of a two-year-old peace roadmap known as the minsk agreement.tillerson was speaking in ukraine on sunday, two days after presidents donald trump and russian president vladimir putin met in germany."we d






the latest: in ukraine, tillerson speaks blunty to russia


kiev, ukraine — the latest on u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson's visit to ukraine (all times local):6 p.m.u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson has told russia that it must take the first steps to reduce tensions in eastern ukraine and that american and european sanctions would remain in place until moscow reversed course in the region.tillerson was speaking in ukraine on sunday, two days after presidents donald trump and vladimir putin met in germany.tillerson's tough talk clearly pleased ukrainian president petro poroshenko, who has long complained about russian interference in his country's east and has watched nervously as the trump administration has sought to improve ties with moscow.poroshenko thanked tillerson for the continued u.s. commitment to ukraine's sovereignty and terr






tillerson calls on russia to reduce tensions in ukraine


kiev, ukraine — u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson has told russia it must take the first steps to reduce tensions in eastern ukraine and that american and european sanctions would remain in place until moscow reversed course in the region.in surprisingly blunt language just two days after presidents donald trump and vladimir putin met in germany, tillerson said russia should use its influence with separatists in ukraine's east to fully restore an oft-violated truce, end harassment and attacks on international monitors and pull back heavy weaponry to lines agreed upon under a 2-year-old accord known as the minsk agreement. he said a primary goal of the united states "is to restore ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty" and that would be "required in order for the u.s. and russ






tillerson talks tough on russia, vows us support for ukraine


kiev, ukraine — u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson told russia on sunday that it must take the first steps to reduce tensions in eastern ukraine and that american and european sanctions would remain in place until moscow reversed course in the region.in surprisingly blunt language just two days after presidents donald trump and vladimir putin met in germany, tillerson said russia should use its influence with separatists in ukraine's east to fully restore an oft-violated truce, end harassment and attacks on international monitors and pull back heavy weaponry to lines agreed upon under a two-year-old accord known as the minsk agreement. he said a primary goal of the united states "is to restore ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty" and that would be "required in order for the






tillerson talks tough on russia, vows us support for ukraine


kiev, ukraine — u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson told russia on sunday that it must take the first steps to reduce tensions in eastern ukraine and that american and european sanctions would remain in place until moscow reversed course in the region.in surprisingly blunt language just two days after presidents donald trump and vladimir putin met in germany, tillerson said russia should use its influence with separatists in ukraine's east to fully restore an oft-violated truce, end harassment and attacks on international monitors and pull back heavy weaponry to lines agreed upon under a two-year-old accord known as the minsk agreement. he said a primary goal of the united states "is to restore ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty" and that would be "required in order for the






rex tillerson prepares to clean up trump missteps in putin meeting by visiting u


secretary of state rex tillerson is expected to visit ukraine just 48 hours after president donald trump meets with russian president vladimir putin at the g-20 summitt. according to former ukrain reporter ian bateson, tillerson will “visit kiev for a few hours on sunday after trump and putin meet.”the russian news agency sputnik confirmed the kiev meeting on tuesday.trump has reportedly asked his staff to prepare “concessions” for his meeting with putin. but it was not immediately clear if those concessions included lifting sanctions placed on russia after its illegal annexation of crimea, a former ukrainian territory. by visiting ukraine so soon after trump’s meeting with putin, tillerson is putting himself in a position to do damage control for the president. tillerson expected to visit






rex tillerson says russia must take first steps in ukraine if vladimir putin wan


kiev, ukraine -- u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson has told russia it must take the first steps to reduce tensions in eastern ukraine and that american and european sanctions would remain in place until moscow reversed course in the region.in surprisingly blunt language just two days after presidents donald trump and vladimir putin met in germany, tillerson said russia should use its influence with separatists in ukraine's east to fully restore an oft-violated truce, end harassment and attacks on international monitors and pull back heavy weaponry to lines agreed upon under a 2-year-old accord known as the minsk agreement. he said a primary goal of the united states "is to restore ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty" and that would be "required in order for the u.s. and rus






tillerson calls on russia to reduce tensions in ukraine


kiev, ukraine (ap) — u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson has told russia it must take the first steps to reduce tensions in eastern ukraine and that american and european sanctions would remain in place until moscow reversed course in the region.in surprisingly blunt language just two days after presidents donald trump and vladimir putin met in germany, tillerson said russia should use its influence with separatists in ukraine’s east to fully restore an oft-violated truce, end harassment and attacks on international monitors and pull back heavy weaponry to lines agreed upon under a 2-year-old accord known as the minsk agreement. he said a primary goal of the united states “is to restore ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty” and that would be “required in order for the u.s. and






us urges russia to reverse its actions in ukraine | ukraine news


us state secretary has called on russia "to honour its commitments" and fully restore an oft-violated truce between moscow-backed rebels and ukraine's government forces, saying washington aims "to restore ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty".rex tillerson said on sunday that "it is necessary for russia to take the first step to de-escalate the situation in the east part of ukraine", pulling back heavy weaponry to lines agreed upon under a two-year-old accord known as the minsk agreement."we are disappointed by the lack of progress under the minsk agreement," he said at a joint briefing with ukrainian president petro poroshenko after they held talks. "we do call on russia to honour its commitments."he also urged the kremlin to allow the osce, a pan-european security body, to car






us secretary of state tillerson to visit russia april 11-12: moscow


us secretary of state rex tillerson will make his first visit to moscow next week, russia’s foreign ministry said wednesday, as the kremlin looks to improve ties with donald trump’s administration.the ministry said the visit on april 11-12 would include talks with counterpart sergei lavrov covering international security, including the fight against islamic state and conflicts in syria and ukraine.“we positively rate the stated aim of the new leadership in the us to change the situation for the better, but we think we should judge from real actions,” a statement said.the state department confirmed the visit and said that tillerson will discuss “ukraine, counterterrorism efforts, bilateral relations and other issues, including the dprk (north korea) and syria.”tillerson’s visit comes as con






tillerson to back up trump efforts to bolster eastern europe against russia


as president trump attempts to bolster eastern european nations against russian belligerence while meeting in europe this week, he is getting added support from his top diplomat.secretary of state rex tillerson will accompany trump on friday and saturday in hamburg for a summit of the "group of 20" developed countries, but then he will depart for ukraine, for a show of solidarity in the nation where russia has most overtly attempted to exert its influence.his message there, a senior state department official said wednesday, would be to support ukraine's "sovereignty and territorial integrity."russia invaded eastern ukraine in 2014 and annexed the crimean peninsula, provoking a string of international sanctions that are still in place.tillerson has not always embraced the idea of sanctions 






trump administration taps former nato envoy for ukraine role


washington — moving closer to taking a more direct role in european-led efforts to end the conflict in ukraine, the trump administration on friday appointed a former u.s. ambassador to nato as special envoy for resolving the crisis.secretary of state rex tillerson, who will visit kiev this weekend, named kurt volker as special representative for ukraine negotiations. in that job, volker will oversee u.s. efforts to press ukraine and russia to fully comply with the minsk agreement, which lays out a roadmap for reducing tensions in ukraine's east. the accord was worked out two years ago in the capital of belarus by the leaders of france, germany, ukraine and russia but has yet to be implemented. under the obama administration, the u.s. had taken a hand's-off approach to minsk, allowing the e






tillerson meets with ukraine president


moscow—u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson met sunday with ukrainian president petro poroshenko, a visit that telegraphs u.s. support to kiev after president donald trump’s historic meeting with russian president vladimir putin.in an appearance with mr. poroshenko in kiev, mr. tillerson said the trump administration was looking for a fresh solution to the crisis in the country, which is locked in a conflict with separatists in the...






ukraine’s poroshenko meets with trump, pence at white house


washington—ukraine’s president met tuesday with president donald trump and vice president mike pence in a u.s. visit that comes as he pushes for more u.s. pressure on moscow, which backs pro-russian separatists in eastern ukraine.petro poroshenko met with mr. pence and saw mr. trump in the oval office, the white house said. he also was expected to meet defense secretary jim mattis and secretary of state rex tillerson.for...






ukraine’s poroshenko meets with trump, pence at white house


washington—ukraine’s president met with president donald trump and vice president mike pence in a u.s. visit that comes as he pushes for more u.s. pressure on moscow, which backs pro-russian separatists in eastern ukraine.petro poroshenko met on tuesday with mr. pence and saw mr. trump in the oval office, the white house said. he also was expected to meet defense secretary jim mattis and secretary of state rex tillerson.for...






trump administration taps former nato envoy for ukraine role


washington (ap) — moving closer to taking a more direct role in european-led efforts to end the conflict in ukraine, the trump administration on friday appointed a former u.s. ambassador to nato as special envoy for resolving the crisis.secretary of state rex tillerson, who will visit kiev this weekend, named kurt volker as special representative for ukraine negotiations. in that job, volker will oversee u.s. efforts to press ukraine and russia to fully comply with the minsk agreement, which lays out a roadmap for reducing tensions in ukraine’s east. the accord was worked out two years ago in the capital of belarus by the leaders of france, germany, ukraine and russia but has yet to be implemented. under the obama administration, the u.s. had taken a hand’s-off approach to minsk, allowing






tillerson slowly embraces traditional diplomacy amid crises


kiev, ukraine (ap) — six months into a job he didn’t seek or particularly want, u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson appears to be slowly embracing a more traditional approach to american diplomacy after early signs of resistance.while his plans for a potentially radical overhaul of the state department, including steep budget and staffing cuts, continue to draw harsh criticism from the foreign policy establishment, tillerson has in recent days taken steps to bolster his and his agency’s role in an administration heavy with skeptics of the international order that previous presidents of both political parties spent decades building and nurturing.tillerson has taken the lead in pressing for a tough international response to north korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. he is






tillerson slowly embraces traditional diplomacy amid crises


kiev, ukraine — six months into a job he didn't seek or particularly want, u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson appears to be slowly embracing a more traditional approach to american diplomacy after early signs of resistance.while his plans for a potentially radical overhaul of the state department, including steep budget and staffing cuts, continue to draw harsh criticism from the foreign policy establishment, tillerson has in recent days taken steps to bolster his and his agency's role in an administration heavy with skeptics of the international order that previous presidents of both political parties spent decades building and nurturing.tillerson has taken the lead in pressing for a tough international response to north korea's test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. he is prep






tillerson gets oil industry award, says he misses colleagues


istanbul — u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson has accepted an award at the world petroleum congress, hosted by turkey this year.council president jozsef toth described tillerson, who is from texas, as "a man born with oil in his veins" before presenting him with the dewhurst award, named after the founder of the congress.the former exxonmobile chief expressed his gratitude and said he misses "colleagues, partners and competitors" in the oil industry.tillerson arrived in istanbul on sunday after a visit to the ukraine reaffirming american support. the secretary of state met with turkey's foreign minister and is scheduled to meet president recep tayyip erdogan later sunday.he says the u.s. and strategically located turkey would collaborate for "greater energy security."






in unusual criticism, tillerson slams russia's 'malicious tactics' ahead of trip


in some of the toughest criticism of russia to come out of the trump administration, secretary of state rex tillerson slammed moscow on tuesday for what he called a campaign of force, intimidation and subterfuge in an attempt to overpower neighbors and reassert a position of dominance on the world stage.tillerson said the united states and its european allies would like to have better relations with russia, but that its behavior under president vladimir putin made that impossible, citing moscow’s 2014 “invasion of the largest country in europe,” ukraine.“we will not stand for this violation of international norms,” tillerson said. he said he has told moscow that until it withdraws its forces from neighboring ukraine, relations with washington will never be normal.tillerson’s comments at th






tillerson seeks to reassure europe of us security commitment


washington (ap) — secretary of state rex tillerson is seeking to reassure europe that the united states remains fully committed to european security, particularly in combating threats from russia.in a speech tuesday to a washington think tank, tillerson said the u.s. would be the first to respond to any attack on a european ally under nato’s article 5 mutual defense clause.his comments were intended to dispel widespread unease that the trump administration is pulling back from the alliance by demanding that european members spend more on their own defenses.tillerson was notably critical of russia, saying its military interventions in georgia and ukraine, and interference in european elections and politics were unacceptable and not worthy of a responsible member of the international communi






russia hopes tillerson's visit will lead to improved ties


moscow — russia voiced hope wednesday that u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson's planned visit next week will help improve relations between the former cold war foes.the russian foreign ministry said tillerson's talks next wednesday with russian foreign minister sergey lavrov will focus on the fight against terrorism, various regional conflicts including syria and ukraine, tensions around north korea and nuclear arms control.the u.s. state department said tillerson will meet with lavrov and other russian officials to "discuss ukraine, counterterrorism efforts, bilateral relations and other issues, including the dprk (north korea) and syria.""this trip is part of our effort to maintain direct lines of communication with senior russian officials and to ensure u.s. views are clearly conveye






tillerson gets oil industry award, says he misses colleagues


istanbul (ap) — u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson has accepted an award at the world petroleum congress, hosted by turkey this year.council president jozsef toth described tillerson, who is from texas, as “a man born with oil in his veins” before presenting him with the dewhurst award, named after the founder of the congress.the former exxonmobile chief expressed his gratitude and said he misses “colleagues, partners and competitors” in the oil industry.tillerson arrived in istanbul on sunday after a visit to the ukraine reaffirming american support. the secretary of state met with turkey’s foreign minister and is scheduled to meet president recep tayyip erdogan later sunday.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.he says the u.s. and strategically located turkey woul






tillerson to discuss syria crisis with russian counterpart


washington — secretary of state rex tillerson will meet with his russian counterpart about the syria crisis amid a new russia-led push to create safe zones to lower violence.the state department and russia's foreign ministry say that tillerson and russian foreign minister sergey lavrov (sehr'-gay lahv'-rahf) will meet in washington on wednesday. the following day, both diplomats are scheduled to attend an arctic council summit in alaska.the u.s. says tillerson plans to discuss with lavrov "efforts to de-escalate violence, provide humanitarian assistance to the syrian people, and set the stage for a political settlement of the conflict." the two will also discuss ukraine.the meeting is an indication the trump administration is working to keep lines of communication open on syria, where mosc






rex tillerson to meet russian foreign minister in washington


washington—secretary of state rex tillerson will host russian foreign minister sergei lavrov on wednesday for talks at the state department on the conflicts in syria and ukraine, in the russian envoy’s first visit to washington since 2013.the meeting comes as secretary of defense jim mattis told reporters traveling with him on monday that the u.s. is looking “very carefully” at an agreement by russia, turkey and iran to establish...






un court to rule in ukraine's case against russia


the hague, netherlands — the international court of justice is set to rule on ukraine's request for orders to russia to stop funding and arming pro-moscow rebels in eastern ukraine and to end discrimination against minorities in crimea.at hearings last month, ukraine accused russia of sponsoring terrorism by providing funds and weapons to rebels in ukraine and of discriminating against ethnic tatars and others in crimea.lawyers for russia rejected the allegations and accused ukraine of attempting to draw the u.n. court into a dispute beyond its jurisdiction.the case is likely to take years to resolve. pending the final outcome, ukraine requested "provisional measures" including court orders for russia to end discrimination in crimea and to halt its support for rebels in ukraine.judges are






eu completes association deal with ukraine


brussels — the european union has completed an association deal with ukraine which should boost trade between the two and keep the eastern european nation firmly linked to the eu.after a long ratification process held up by a referendum in the netherlands, the 28-nation eu said tuesday the economic and political agreement should kick in on sept. 1. the agreement comes on the eve of an eu-ukraine summit in kiev.ukraine was torn for years whether to align itself with russia or the eu, but a fundamental change came when russia invaded ukraine's crimea peninsula three years ago. fighting has continued in eastern ukraine since then between russian-based separatists and government forces.






tillerson to discuss syria crisis with russian counterpart


washington (ap) — secretary of state rex tillerson will meet with his russian counterpart about the syria crisis amid a new russia-led push to create safe zones to lower violence.the state department and russia’s foreign ministry say that tillerson and russian foreign minister sergey lavrov (sehr’-gay lahv’-rahf) will meet in washington on wednesday. the following day, both diplomats are scheduled to attend an arctic council summit in alaska.the u.s. says tillerson plans to discuss with lavrov “efforts to de-escalate violence, provide humanitarian assistance to the syrian people, and set the stage for a political settlement of the conflict.” the two will also discuss ukraine.the meeting is an indication the trump administration is working to keep lines of communication open on syria, where






there’s actual war, and then there’s @ukraine vs. @russia


kiev, ukraine—three years after their military invaded ukraine, @russia—a team of diplomats at moscow’s ministry of foreign affairs—last month tried to rub it in: “we dedicate this video to those who try to hurt us with new sanctions!” they tweeted, with a video of burly knights swinging medieval weapons.the official account of @ukraine responded with a cartoon of dopey “south park” characters thwacking each other on the heads with...






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