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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
U.S. Senior Diplomat Victoria Nuland Says Minsk Ceasefire Violated Daily
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Victoria Nuland, the U.S. Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, is in Moscow to meet with high-ranking members of the Russian government, a trip which follows on the heels of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Nuland said in no uncertain terms that  the Minsk ceasefire deal is "being violated on a daily basis," and blamed the Russian-backed separatists for the fighters. RFE/RL reports:

U.S. Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland spoke on May 18 after talks in Moscow with Russian officials. 

Nuland said the violations of the Western-brokered agreement signed in February in Minsk by Ukraine and the pro-Russian rebels "need to stop."

Nuland suggested that pro-Russian rebels were responsible for the bulk of the violations, which occurred "on the western side of the Minsk line."


She said her discussions with [Russian Deputy Foreign Ministers Sergei Ryabkov and Grigory Karasin] were "very detailed...very pragmatic," and were centered around ways that the United States might be able to support the implementation of the Minsk deal.  

Nuland's statements here sound tough, and might undercut some of the Kremlin's spin -- that visits from Nuland and Kerry indicate that relations between the U.S. and Russia are warming: 

-- James Miller