Russia: Kerry agrees – no alternative to Minsk agreement on Ukraine settlement

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a press conference on Moscow, Thursday, where they addressed the situation in Ukraine and the case of the Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, convicted of the killing of two Russian journalists.
Lavrov said that he and Kerry “have no differences in regard of lack of options on the embodiment of the Minsk agreements, including through direct Kiev’s dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk, including issues such as security and the promotion of the political process.”
Kerry stressed that he agreed with Lavrov that "the Minsk agreements must be fully implemented without delay" and discussed "how to get back to a real and comprehensive ceasefire." He also reinforced President Obama's pledge "to roll back sanctions when all of the provisions of Minsk are completed, including the withdrawal of all weapons and fighters and the return of Ukraine sovereign border."
Finally Kerry brought up the case of Savchenko, stating that he “hopes that she will be allowed to return to Ukraine."
In response, Lavrov said that Savchenko was in good health, adding that “There were possibilities for her to be treated by the Ukrainian or German doctors, but when Nadezhda Savchenko went down to the obscene offence of the court, the court decided that such a decision was impossible.”

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